The Scientific War Work of Linus C. Pauling Narrative  
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Even before his Nobel prizes, association with the international peace movement and revolutionary protein work, Linus Pauling was unequivocally one of the most brilliant scientists on the globe. And when his country entered into the largest conflict in world history, he threw himself and his scientific expertise behind the cause. Pauling participated in dozens of research programs from 1940-1945 in order to give his countrymen and allies an advantage on the battlefield. From invisible ink to oxygen meters, he and his fellow researchers applied the latest technology and scientific advancements to military problems in the struggle for victory.

While Pauling suffered a great number of setbacks and often found his hard-earned discoveries tinged with disappointment, he played an important role in one of the grandest scientific moments in human memory, working with his colleagues to collectively change the course of history. This website examines the intellectuality of the Greatest Generation at its seminal moment through Pauling's experiences with violence, patriotism, and discovery; experiences that ultimately shaped the political and scientific world we live in today.

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Official Document
Pauling's NDRC authorization papers permitting work on explosives in warfare. May 1, 1944.

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"Defense Projects On Which Professor Linus Pauling Served As Official Investigator Or Responsible Investigator." approx. 1946.

"Decisions can be made now that will determine the quality of life for human beings for hundreds of years. Now is the time for all nations and all people to cooperate in building a world free of war and militarism, a world based on rationality and ethics."

Linus Pauling
October 20, 1991
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