The Pauling Catalogue: A Few Reviews

Linus Pauling, age 17.

Linus Pauling, age 17.

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“[The Pauling Catalogue] constitutes an invaluable resource for historians of science and chemistry, scholars of science policy, and advocates of the peace movement, along with practicing chemists and scientists interested in the history of their fields, especially during the 20th century. It belongs in every academic library.”

George B. Kauffman, California State University, Fresno. The Chemical Educator, (2007): 12, 4, Media Reviews. http://chemeducator.org/bibs/0012004/12070303mr.htm


Ava Helen and Linus Pauling, Jr., 1926.

Ava Helen and Linus Pauling, Jr., 1926.

“The catalog is ideal for historians of science, and is engaging for browsing by chemists, students, and general readers….Highly recommended.”

A. Viste, emeritus, Augustana College. CHOICE, 45-0288, (September 2007).


Linus and Crellin Pauling at the Huntington Gardens, San Marino, California, 1939.

Linus and Crellin Pauling at the Huntington Gardens, San Marino, California, 1939.

“For the illustrations alone, nearly twelve hundred of them, anyone interested in Pauling’s life should buy the catalogue . . .”

Jack Dunitz, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland. Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2008): 45-46.


Peter Pauling and two friends, 1940.

Peter Pauling and two friends, 1940.

“[Pauling’s] concern for the humanitarian and ethical consequences of scientific discovery add an extra dimension of analysis for historians of science. It is fitting that his archivists have now published one of the finest catalogs for the papers of an individual scientist….The Pauling Catalogue is well worth the $125 purchase price and is a must-have for any Pauling researcher or university library.”

Gregory J. Morgan and Emily A. Jones, Spring Hill College. Journal of the History of Biology, Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 2008): 403-406.


Ava Helen and Linus Pauling at home, 1957.

Ava Helen and Linus Pauling at home, 1957.

“Perhaps one of the largest personal archives in the world, the collection contains Pauling’s extensive scientific papers on structural chemistry, molecular biology, and nutrition.  The collection also documents the Paulings’ long-standing and mutual devotion to world peace, civil liberties, and nuclear nonproliferation — a devotion that led Linus to become the recipient of two unshared Nobel prizes…”

Patrick Shea. Chemical Heritage Newsmagazine, Winter 2007/8, Vol. 25, No. 4. http://www.chemheritage.org/pubs/magazine/review_peterson.html


Linus Pauling harvesting abalone, 1963.

Linus Pauling harvesting abalone, 1963.

“One can go on, picking raisins from a rich cake — six rich cakes containing many thousand raisins and plums.  It must be made clear; the Catalogue is not a biography, far from it.  For that the best offering is probably still Thomas Hager‘s 1995 Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, but it provides an immense amount of information about Linus Pauling and his times and will be the invaluable source of material for future biographies, especially those that will be written when we, the people who knew Pauling, listened to him, and learned from him, have passed on.”

Jack Dunitz, Bull. Hist. Chem., 2008.





Linus Pauling on his deck at Deer Flat Ranch, Big Sur, California, 1987.

Linus Pauling on his deck at Deer Flat Ranch, Big Sur, California, 1987.



The Pauling Catalogue

The Pauling Catalogue


The Pauling Catalogue is available for purchase at http://paulingcatalogue.org

6 Responses

  1. To Friends,
    I am hoping that, perhaps, I may ask your help in locating Linus Pauling’s grandson, Peter Pauling
    – of Geneva, Switzerland.
    I lived with Peter in Geneva and we had a ski shop in Verbier, Switzerland. ( Known as “Mountain Air.”) The last time I spoke to Peter (Petey), we had split and I was on my way home to Laguna Beach, CA.
    I visited Linus’s son, Linus Pauling, M.D.(2nd) several times in Oahu, Hawaii. Petey’s father, Linus (2nd), had been married to Anita Ossar (sp?) of Switzerland. They had five children: Linus Pauling (3rd), Peter (Petey) Pauling, Chris, Ramona and Sabrina.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Linus Pauling (Sr.) several times. I will always remember sitting in the chair next to him, as he opened his “black doctor’s bag” and took out his vitamins overlooking Lake Geneva.
    Thank you.
    Teri Syfan S.

  2. Teri,
    Been trying to reach you. ahave been in OC a fair amount. Give a call at the home #.

    Joe

  3. I worked with him at UC London in the 1980s.. Last time I saw him he had fallen out with the Chemistry departmental head and had moved to live in a watermill in Wales. You might try enquiring of the College Registrar or the Chemistry faculty.

  4. I would love to catch up also with the Pauling grandsons,I went to school with them in Geneva,we had many fun gatherings at their lake side home,this is Emily Thiermann,I live now in Santa Cruz,California.

  5. Actually I was wondering if Petey was still about as well – I met him in Verbier and then again London Lynne from New Zealand

  6. I am also searching for a grandson. I attended the Honolulu Academy of Art with Chris Pauling. Chris introduced me to sailing. He would take classmates out for a day sail on his Dad’s boat. I now teach sailing as a U.S. Sailing instructor. Just wanted to thank Chris for introducing me to what has become my life’s passion. Todd Frye

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