Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

“Hidden in Plain Sight - The Life of Ava Helen Pauling,” Dr. Mina Carson

Resident Scholar Lecture

November 30, 2009


Mina Carson
Mina Carson (Oregon State University)

“Hidden in Plain Sight - The Life of Ava Helen Pauling”  Watch Video

Attempting to write the life of Ava Helen Pauling forces the biographer to confront a number of difficult questions. Perhaps the most vexing is this: how does the biographer write the life of a wife? In particular, one who enjoyed her own world-changing career but whose life and work were inseparably fused with, and in many ways dependent upon, her husband's work and fame? Carson's talk reflects her thinking on this topic as they were formulated during the early phases of her research in support of a forthcoming biography of Ava Helen Pauling. Along the way Carson also reflects on the major choices that Ava Helen made at critical points in her life as she sought to clarify her own interests and identity.

Related Names: Linus Pauling