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|"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist." 1977.
Produced for NOVA by Robert Richter/WGBH-Boston.
Reacting to the Nobel Chemistry Prize. (1:22)
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Linus Pauling: Well I was pretty pleased of course. I, I had thought, perhaps I shall get the Nobel
Prize in 1931 when my papers on the nature of the chemical bond appeared. Professor
Noyes, who was the Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,
said that I probably would get the Nobel Prize sometime. Well I thought that's nice
of the old guy to say that but I'm a little skeptical myself. And as the years went
by I thought I don't make the sort, I don't do the sort of work for which Nobel Prizes
are given, they say the most important discovery or invention in chemistry during
the preceding year. And what I was doing was to build up a body of understanding,
not making a single discovery or invention, or minor ones such the oxygen meter, that
wouldn't qualify, but...the Nobel Committee, finally, in 1954 decided that this whole
body of knowledge that I had contributed quite a lot to had changed the nature of
chemistry so much that it was justified to give me the Nobel Prize. Well I was pretty
pleased that I had got it.
ClipCreator: Linus Pauling
Associated: A. A. Noyes
Clip ID: 1977v.66-prize
Full WorkCreator: Robert Richter, WGBH-Boston
Associated: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, David Shoemaker, E. Bright Wilson, Jr., Frank Catchpool
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