Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

“The Essential Bond”

A Play Based on the Life of Linus Pauling

June 12, 1999


Soka Gakkai International-USA
Soka Gakkai International-USA

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"The Essential Bond" examines the life of Linus Pauling through the prism of his relationship with his wife of fifty-eight years, Ava Helen Pauling. Topics covered include Linus and Ava Helen's initial meeting and courtship, their friendship with Albert Einstein, Linus' battle with glomerular nephritis, and the couple's long duel careers as peace activists.

The performance also reflects the heavy personal toll paid by the Paulings' during an era where political dissent was scarely tolerated. Events ranging from incidents of vandalism inflicted upon the Pauling family home to Linus' two appearances before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee are depicted as evidence of the difficulties encountered by the duo as a result of their public stands.

Related Names: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, Soka Gakkai International-USA