May 31, 1999 |
If there were maps to the real stars' homes in Southern California, they'd lead directly to Pasadena. That's where the great Linus Pauling lived and worked for more than 40 years, and where he became a household name and the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes (one for chemistry, the second for efforts at world peace). The charismatic chemist and humanitarian (tall, handsome and usually en beret) died in 1994 at his ranch in Big Sur.
March 10, 1996
Lee Dembart's Feb. 8 commentary on Linus Pauling ("Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics" by Ted Goertzel and Ben Goertzel, Basic Books; "Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling" by Thomas Hager, Simon & Schuster) begins: "Great men are seldom good men." To imply that Linus Pauling was not a good man, but "egotistical" and "intolerant" as well, flies in the face of what I saw when I interviewed him on two separate occasions, and what his staff, fellow scientists and many other associates told me during a documentary I produced with him. During one interview, I asked how he came to be vilified by so many other scientists.
February 12, 1996 |
Even in death, Linus Pauling is trying to get people to take their vitamins. A line of vitamins named after the late Nobel Prize-winning scientist and featuring his picture on each bottle has just been launched nationwide by a Culver City company under a licensing agreement from Pauling's four children. According to Pauling's daughter, Linda Pauling Kamb of Pasadena, her father legally transferred to his children the rights to his name and likeness shortly before he died two years ago at age 93.
February 8, 1996 |
Great men are seldom good men. Achieving great things usually requires single-mindedness of purpose, unbounded egotism, intolerance of human shortcomings and an absence of self-doubt, traits that can make such a person, shall we say, a pain in the neck. A case in point was Linus Pauling, one of this century's most extraordinary scientists, who made stellar contributions to chemistry and biology, crusaded for liberal causes when it was very dangerous to do so, won two Nobel Prizes (in chemistry and peace)
August 26, 1994
A memorial service for Linus C. Pauling is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto. Pauling died Friday in his Big Sur home at age 93. The family has asked that any memorial donations be sent to the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Archives at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., or to the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto.
August 21, 1994 |
They never met the man. Never even saw him. He was, after all, 70 years older than some of them. But young chemistry students at Caltech--where he reached his greatest heights--paused Saturday in sorrow over his passing and in gratitude for his legacy. Linus C. Pauling was dead. Chaoying Rong reacted as if he had been slapped when he heard the news during a stroll across the campus.