Even before his Nobel prizes, association with the international peace movement and revolutionary protein work, Linus Pauling
was unequivocally one of the most brilliant scientists on the globe. And when his country entered into the largest conflict
in world history, he threw himself and his scientific expertise behind the cause. Pauling participated in dozens of research
programs from 1940-1945 in order to give his countrymen and allies an advantage on the battlefield. From invisible ink to
oxygen meters, he and his fellow researchers applied the latest technology and scientific advancements to military problems
in the struggle for victory.
While Pauling suffered a great number of setbacks and often found his hard-earned discoveries tinged with disappointment,
he played an important role in one of the grandest scientific moments in human memory, working with his colleagues to collectively
change the course of history. This website examines the intellectuality of the Greatest Generation at its seminal moment
through Pauling's experiences with violence, patriotism, and discovery; experiences that ultimately shaped the political and
scientific world we live in today.
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Pauling's NDRC authorization papers permitting work on explosives in warfare. May 1, 1944.
"Defense Projects On Which Professor Linus Pauling Served As Official Investigator Or Responsible Investigator." approx. 1946.
"Decisions can be made now that will determine the quality of life for human beings for hundreds of years. Now is the time
for all nations and all people to cooperate in building a world free of war and militarism, a world based on rationality and