Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Hero Linus Pauling

LINUS PAULING explains how he discovered the alpha helix... All you need is a piece of paper, the intellgence of a genius, and the spirit of an innovator. Amazing.

Besides his groundbreaking work in chemistry, Linus Pauling was also an ardent advocate of peace and a outspoken protestor of the use of nuclear weapons.

Linus Carl Pauling (February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists in any field of the 20th century. Pauling was among the first scientists to work in the fields of quantum chemistry, molecular biology, and orthomolecular medicine. He is one of only 4 individuals to have won multiple Nobel Prizes. He is one of only two people to have been awarded a Nobel Prize in two different fields (the Chemistry and Peace prizes), the other being Marie Curie (the Chemistry and Physics prizes), and the only person to have been awarded each of his prizes without sharing it with another recipient.

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