Linus Pauling Oral History Interview

Interviewee: Linus Pauling
Interviewer: Ilona Fry
Interview Date: May 20, 1980
Location: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Duration: 1:31:12
 

Linus Pauling was born in Portland, OR in 1901. His father died when he was nine, and from then on, the family’s finances were supported through room and board and odd jobs. Pauling attended Washington High School for three years and then moved down to Corvallis to study at Oregon Agricultural College in 1917.

Science caught Pauling’s attention early in life. He spoke about his childhood interests, and his passion for science stayed with him throughout his college career. At college, he studied chemical engineering and developed his interest in chemical bonds. In 1922 he attended grad school at Cal Tech, began his research in X-ray diffraction, and went on to become the head of the Chemistry Division there. Pauling was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and Nobel Peace Prize in 1963. His other interests included nuclear disarmament, and later on, medicine and the benefits of Vitamin C.

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Title

Linus Pauling Oral History Interview

Description

Linus Pauling was born in Portland, OR in 1901. His father died when he was nine, and from then on, the family’s finances were supported through room and board and odd jobs. Pauling attended Washington High School for three years and then moved down to Corvallis to study at Oregon Agricultural College in 1917.

Science caught Pauling’s attention early in life. He spoke about his childhood interests, and his passion for science stayed with him throughout his college career. At college, he studied chemical engineering and developed his interest in chemical bonds. In 1922 he attended grad school at Cal Tech, began his research in X-ray diffraction, and went on to become the head of the Chemistry Division there. Pauling was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and Nobel Peace Prize in 1963. His other interests included nuclear disarmament, and later on, medicine and the benefits of Vitamin C.

Creator

Linus Pauling

Source

History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings

Publisher

Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries

Date

May 20, 1980

Contributor

Ilona Fry

Format

Digitized audiocassette

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Identifier

OH03-pauling-linus-19800520

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Ilona Fry

Interviewee

Linus Pauling

Location

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Original Format

Audiocassette

Duration

1:31:12

OHMS Object

Interview Format

audio