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Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture Series

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The Linus Pauling Memorial Lectures bring to Oregon’s cultural community the leading-edge thinkers – the scholarly, intellectual explorers.

These are the risk takers willing to challenge the currently accepted norms of how we understand ourselves and our role as participants in the universe.

The annual series is organized by the Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy, a non-profit organization affiliated with Portland State University. However, the series is only possible through the generous support of our co-sponsors: Mentor Graphics Corporation, Portland State University, Portland Community College, Oregon Episcopal School, FEI Corporation, Rockwell Collins Corporation, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, and Clark College. Mentor Graphics Foundation provides a major grant to subsidize tickets for k-14 students and teachers.

Linus Pauling, citizen-scientist, is the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes – the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. Pauling was the father of 20th Century quantum chemistry and the modern understanding of the chemical bond. With the encouragement and partnership of his wife, Ava Helen, Pauling rallied 10,000 international scientists to petition the United Nations to begin the process of global nuclear disarmament and to immediately cease atmospheric nuclear testing. For these efforts he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Linus was a local boy, born and raised in Portland, attending Sunnyside grade school and Washington High School, he completed his undergraduate education at Oregon State University. Linus is a role model of the citizen-scientist – writing about human freedom and dignity, democracy and political rights at sixteen. In his early years one might have guessed that he would become a John Locke or Rousseau. With his lifelong partner Ava Helen, Pauling took courageous stands on important issues, particularly those involving science, technology and the future of humanity.

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Thu 5/4/17 7:00 PM

Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture with Dr. William Martin

Thu 5/18/17 7:00 PM

Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture with Terry Bristol

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