Category Archives: History

Linus Pauling: It’s in the Blood!

Again, from Oregon State University Libraries, another notable site dedicated to the work of Linus Pauling: It’s in the Blood! A Documentary History of Linus Pauling, Hemoglobin, and Sickle Cell Anemia. From the homepage: ‘Linus Pauling began his professional life studying atoms, and ended it best known for his thoughts on medicine. Linking these two fields was a central body of work on the nature of human blood. During the most productive thirty years of his life, between the mid-1930s and mid-1960s, Pauling’s research in this area not only advanced our understanding of how the blood works at the molecular level, but branched and blossomed into vital discoveries about immunology, sickle-cell anemia, genetics, evolution, and human health. Incorporating more than 300 scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts, this web resource includes images of a number of very important and extremely rare items, most of which are held within The Valley Library’s Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, many of which have not been previously displayed.’

Linus Pauling and the Nature of the Chemical Bond: A Documentary History

From Oregon State University, we have this magnificent site about one of the most important discoveries in modern science. Launched at December 10, to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Linus Pauling’s receipt of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, this site contains about 800 documents, some of them unique, like the manuscript of Pauling’s first paper on the nature of the chemical bond, written in April 1931 or the correspondence with scientists like G. N. Lewis, A. A. Noyes and I. Langmuir. The site has mainly three sections: a narrative, describing the details of Linus Pauling discoveries, a documents repository (with letters, manuscripts, photographs, audio-clips and videos excerpts) and a curious diary, with notes of Pauling’s personal and professional activities through 1930 until 1939 as well as his Nobel year of 1954.

Other notable websites about Linus Pauling’s work: Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA and Linus Pauling Research Notebooks.

Citation Classics Commentaries

Between 1977 and 1993, Eugene Garfield has chosen, each week, one of the most cited articles, an article that has become a classic in its field, and asked a commentary to the author. The idea was to uncover the human side of scientific papers. Authors were invited to write about interesting aspects of their work, the contributions of co-authors or the difficulties they had to overcome during the development of their work. These Citation Classics Commentaries, jointly with a synopsis of the work, can be found here (source: CHMINF-L).