The Linus Pauling Timelime
Linus Pauling (1901-1994) was one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century. His work on the nature of the Chemical bond and theoretical approach to the structures of compounds was revolutionary. His application of this work to biology led to very important breakthroughs from the cause of sickle cell anaemia to the structure of DNA. Linus Pauling was also very aware of his moral obligation as a scientist. Once achieving world renown as a scientist he used his popularity to highlight the dangers of nuclear fallout from testing. Despite now dealing with humanitarian issues his approach was still very scientific, based on scientific evidence and statistics. Towards the end of his career he became a strong advocate for orthomolecluar medicine and inparticluar the use of vitamin C to prevent colds and even treat cancer. As a result of his efforts in chemistry and for world peace he is the only person to win two individual Nobel prizes. This timeline is a brief outline of Paulings life and explains some of those important breakthroughs.