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Interview with Linus Pauling.
Interview with Linus Pauling. October 14, 1992.
Interview by Thomas Hager for use in "Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling," (Simon & Schuster, 1995).

Lucky to be First. (1:47)

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Linus Pauling: I was trying to find why my models had 5.4 angstrom and the x-ray patterns said 5.1. And I still didn't understand in 1951 when I published. Well 1950 was the first paper by Dr. Corey and me and 1951 the longer papers. In the meantime, when I got back to Pasadena, Herman Branson was there as a visiting professor with nothing to do, nothing to work on. So I gave him the job of checking the dimensions. We knew the dimensions, but checking ways of folding polypeptide chains to see if there were any that I had missed. And the conclusion he reached was that the alpha helix and the gamma helix are the helical structures. And of course I worked on the parallel chain and anti-parallel pleated sheets. And so a year and a half about went by before we published our first paper. And we were, I thought, forced into it by the Bragg, Kendrew and Perutz paper. And that we were lucky, when they were working so hard, we were lucky that they hadn't found the alpha helix themselves.


Creator: Thomas Hager, Linus Pauling
Associated: Robert Corey, Herman Branson, W.L. Bragg, John Kendrew, Max Perutz
Clip ID: hager2.006.6-lucky

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Creator: Thomas Hager, Linus Pauling

Date: October 14, 1992
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