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Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers

Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers

Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers

The online finding aid for the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Features detailed description of all seventeen series of the collection including the Paulings' correspondence, manuscripts, awards, personal libraries, photograph collections and more.


Documentary Histories

Linus Pauling and the Nature of the Chemical Bond

Nature of the Chemical Bond

Recounts Pauling's legendary application of quantum mechanics to the scientific understanding of molecular architecture, research that revolutionized structural chemistry and resulted in Pauling’s 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement

International Peace Movement

Linus and Ava Helen Pauling forcefully spoke out against Cold War militarism, nuclear proliferation and radioactive fallout. For his work as an activist, Linus Pauling received the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize.


Linus Pauling and the Structure of Proteins

Structure of Proteins

An exhaustive look at Pauling's influential, and sometimes controversial, series of inquiries into protein structures, the characteristics of antibodies and antigens, biological specificity and much more.

Linus Pauling and the Race For DNA

Race For DNA

Linus Pauling participated in one of the great "races" in scientific history – the quest to unravel the secrets of DNA. Though Watson and Crick ultimately solved the puzzle, Pauling’s role in the story is highly intriguing.


It’s In The Blood! Linus Pauling, Hemoglobin and Sickle Cell Anemia

It’s In The Blood!

A detailed analysis of Pauling's research on immunology, the structure of hemoglobin and the nature of sickle cell anemia – a four-decade program of work that would lead to Pauling's famous fascination with vitamin C.

The Scientific War Work of Linus C. Pauling

Scientific War Work

A groundbreaking look at Pauling's scientific war research during World War II - a collection of projects that included artificial blood, invisible inks, and a device to measure oxygen levels in airplanes and submarines.


Other Pauling Resources

Linus Pauling Day-by-Day

Linus Pauling Day-by-Day

An unprecedented accounting of Pauling's life from 1930 to 1969, presented in searchable, easy-to-use calendar form. Includes thousands of document summaries, scanned images and full-text transcripts.

Pauling Research Notebooks

Pauling Research Notebooks

Pauling utilized bound notebooks to keep track of the details of his research. Forty-six research notebooks kept from 1922 to 1994 stand as a testament to the length and diversity of Dr. Pauling's career.


The Pauling Blog

The Pauling Blog

Updated weekly with fascinating stories from the world of Linus Pauling, the Pauling Blog also provides an inside glimpse into the latest Pauling-related news and activities being carried out by the OSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center.

The Pauling Chronology

The Pauling Chronology

Written by biographer Robert Paradowski, this is the most detailed overview of Linus Pauling's ancestry, life and work available on the web. Ahora disponible en español. Auch in Deutsch verfügbar.


Pauling Learning Curriculum

Pauling Student Learning Curriculum

A detailed resource for both teachers and students interested in studying Pauling. Includes a biographical overview, topical readings and suggestions for further research.

Special Events Videos

Special Events Videos

A large and growing collection of fully-transcribed video of notable figures including Nobel laureates Francis Crick, Dudley Herschbach, William Lipscomb and Roderick MacKinnon among many others.


Awards, Honors & Medals

Awards, Honors & Medals

Images and descriptions of Pauling's many awards including his forty-seven honorary doctorates.

Pauling Centenary Exhibit

Pauling Centenary Exhibit

An introductory-level exhibit for those just getting acquainted with Linus Pauling.

The Pauling Catalogue

The Pauling Catalogue

At six volumes The Pauling Catalogue is the definitive resource for scholars of Pauling and his era.