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Thursday, August 2, 2012

OSU Linus Pauling using HP calculator in PBS documentary

Linus Pauling, is hown using a Hewlett-Packard calculator

PHOTO: former Oregon State University student and the Nobel Laureate for peace and chemistry, Linus Pauling (1901-1994), is shown using a Hewlett-Packard calculator, given to him as a gift by company cofounders Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, in a PBS documentary (at approx. 3 min.), which mentions (approx. 11 min.) that tuition was free for Oregon residents when Pauling started OSU in 1917, just shy of getting his high school diploma (OSU was named Oregon Agricultural College at that time). (See "Linus Pauling," Premiered May 30, 2011, 9:00 PM on OPB TV, watched on Corvallis, Oregon, KOAC-TV July 30, 2012 10-11PM.) The show's description says, "Linus Pauling is considered one of the greatest chemists of the 20th century. A brilliant scientist and humanitarian he made revolutionary discoveries in chemistry, physics, molecular biology and medicine; then used his international fame and popularity to promote world peace. Targeted by the FBI and labeled a Communist during the height of the Cold War, Linus Pauling is the only person in history to win two unshared" Just like gay activists, Pauling had to testify that he was "not a communist" and was "never a Communist." (See Linus PaulingFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

PHOTO: Hewlett-Packard HP-12c financial calculator similar to the one scientific version being used by Pauling. (See previous posts HP 12c financial calculator history (6/21/06), HP-12C calculator 30th anniversary in BusinessWeek (9/16/11), First HP Corvallis division manager dies at 76 (4/23/11) and HP 12c 25th Anniversary (2/13/07))

Listening to Linus Pauling's biography, it occurred to me that when he went Germany, the mecca of chemistry at that time, he probably rubbed elbows with my grandfather. (See Elmer Kraemer, chemist, nylon, synthetic rubber pioneer (10/18/09))