Linus Pauling


Died:  19 August 1994, Big Sur, California, USA

Born: 28 February 1901, Portland, Oregon, USA

Linus Pauling was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author and educator. New Scientist called him one of the 20 greatest scientists of all time and Pauling was one of the founders of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. Over the seven decades of his scientific career, Pauling's research interests were astonishingly wide-ranging and eclectic. He made significant discoveries in various fields of chemistry — physical, structural, analytical, inorganic, and organic chemistry, as well as biochemistry. He used theoretical physics, notably quantum theory and quantum mechanics, in his investigations of atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding. In both theoretical and applied medicine he made important discoveries in genetic diseases, hematology, immunology, brain function and psychiatry, molecular evolution, nutritional therapy, diagnostic technology, statistical epidemiology, and biomedicine. In 1951 he published the structure of the alpha- helix. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for his works. Eight years following this he was awarded another Nobel Prize, this time the Nobel Peace Prize for speaking out against the use of weapons of mass destruction. He is the only person to hold two undivided Nobel Prizes in a Science and a Peace Prize. Later his life, he became interested in vitamin C; he believed that the megadose vitamin C (>1 g/day) can prevent and treat many illnesses including the common cold, cardiovascular disease and cancer. To learn more about Linus research and his claims on high-dose vitamin C and cancer, please read Dr. Jihye Yun's review article that will be publisehd in Nature Reviews Cancer.

References: Linus Pauling Biography

I believe all complicated phenomena can be explained by simpler scientific principles.
Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.
I made use of the college library by borrowing books other than scientific books, such as all of the plays by George Bernard Shaw, the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The college library helped me to develop a broader aspect on life.
I think every person should be able to enjoy life. Try to decide what you most enjoy doing, and then look around to see if there is a job for which you could prepare yourself that would enable you to continue having this sort of joy.
Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
Science is the search for truth - it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.
Provided one has the correct level of vitamin, mineral and nutritional input, the body can overcome disease.
If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.
Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.
Nearly all diseases can be traced to a nutritional deficiency