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Thomas Hager Papers, 1898-2010

Tom Hager and Linus Pauling

Information and Credits

MSS Hager

Thomas Hager (born 1953) is a professional science writer best known for having authored Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling (Simon & Schuster, 1995). He has also published more than one-hundred articles and six books, most of which focus on scientific topics and, in particular, the life and work of Linus Pauling. The Hager Papers consist of documents collected by Hager in his writing of Force of Nature, The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug (Harmony, 2006), and The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Three Rivers Press, 2008).

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“The Bootlegger's Son: Or the Stochastic Method in Biography.”
Tom Hager, March 1, 1995. Transcript.

Timeline for Tom Hager

Biographical Note 

Content Description

Quantity

32 linear feet

Arrangement

The Hager collection is divided into seven series.

Series 1 - Force of Nature: Subject Files and Research Materials is divided into a number of subseries including Scientific Topics, People, Peace Activism and Political Controversy, Linus Pauling - Personal and Family, and General Research. A wide range of assorted archival materials collected by Tom Hager while researching Force of Nature can also be found in this series.

Series 2 - Force of Nature: Interviews: Audio Cassettes and Transcriptions contains the audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted by Tom Hager in his development of Force of Nature. Also contained in this series are various audio-visual materials related to Pauling's life and to Hager's promotion of Force of Nature.

Series 3 - Force of Nature: Administrative Records is comprised of correspondence, contractual agreements and editing notes compiled by Tom Hager while researching and writing Force of Nature. The administrative records include correspondence between Hager and prospective publishers, annotated draft chapters, promotional materials, and reviews of the completed book.

Series 4 - The Demon Under the Microscope: Subject Files and Research Materials is divided into a number of subseries including Scientific Topics, People, Institutions, and Gerhard Domagk - Personal and Family. A range of assorted research materials collected by Tom Hager while researching The Demon Under the Microscope can also be found in this series

Series 5 - The Demon Under the Microscope: Administrative Records is comprised of correspondence and editing notes compiled by Tom Hager while researching and writing The Demon Under the Microscope. The administrative records include bibliographical information, correspondence between Hager and various institutions, speech notes, manuscripts, promotional materials, and index card outlines of chapters.

Series 6 - The Alchemy of Air: Subject Files and Research Materials is divided into a number of subseries including Scientific Topics, People, and Institutions. A wide range of assorted research materials collected by Tom Hager while researching The Alchemy of Air can also be found in this series.

Series 7 - The Alchemy of Air: Administrative Records is comprised of correspondence, contractual agreements and editing notes compiled by Tom Hager while researching and writing The Alchemy of Air. The administrative records include correspondence between Hager and prospective publishers, annotated draft chapters, promotional materials, and reviews of the completed book.

Related Papers

See Hager's professional homepage at http://thomashager.net.

More Information

Bibliography.