|"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist." 1977.
Produced for NOVA by Robert Richter/WGBH-Boston.
A Short Autobiography. (1:57)
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Linus Pauling: Well this is my history. I went to Pasadena in 1922 as a graduate student. Got my
Ph.D. in 1925. Was a National Research Council Fellow for eight months, seven months
and a Guggenheim Fellow for 19 months. My wife and I got married in the meantime.
My wife and I went to Europe then, studied various places. We came back, I was assistant
professor then associate professor than professor, and then chairman of the division
for 22 years, division of chemistry and chemical engineering and so on.
We were going to Puerto Rico, my wife and I, to give a lecture some ten years ago,
no more than that, fifteen years ago. And we landed in Miami and had four hours before
the plane took off for Puerto Rico. So I said let's rent a car and look around the
place, see if whether Florida is what it's cracked up to be. And I went in to rent
a car and had to fill out a big form; employed and who's your employer, how long employed.
So I put down forty years and the fellow said: "you're in a rut out there aren't you?"
Well after 42 years, of course, I went to the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
in Santa Barbara for three years and then to San Diego, La Jolla, UC-San Diego for
two years and then to Stanford as professor of chemistry for five years and then was
retired and have been at my present job for a couple of years. So that's a short and
simple history of my life.
ClipCreator: Linus Pauling
Clip ID: 1977v.66-life
Full WorkCreator: Robert Richter, WGBH-Boston
Associated: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, David Shoemaker, E. Bright Wilson, Jr., Frank Catchpool
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