Linus Pauling Science Center

West side of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science

Linus Pauling was a leading chemical scientist and peace activist. He won Nobel Prizes in both areas. He graduated from Oregon State University (OSU) in 1922.

The Linus Pauling Institute moved to OSU in 1996. The Linus Pauling Science Center was completed to house the institute in 2011. This week’s image is of the Linus Pauling Science Center’s west side.


The Linus Pauling Science Center is in the northwest corner of the OSU grounds. This is near Monroe Avenue’s restaurants and bars. It is also a convenient place to park when walking to Bald Hill.

Some of the places to see on Monroe avenue are:


Linus Pauling won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954. He is famous for his work to bring together chemistry and quantum mechanics. Pauling also helped to start the study of biological chemistry.

Then Pauling won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. He protested the development of nuclear weapons starting in the 1940s. In the 1960s, Pauling also joined peace protests against the Vietnam War.

What Pauling is best known for today is Vitamin C though. He wrote a book claiming Vitamin C could cure colds in 1970. This led to the popularity of Vitamin C as a cold treatment.

Later studies have shown that Vitamin C is not an effective remedy for colds though. The Linus Pauling Institute continues researching the impact of nutrition on health though.


The Linus Pauling Science Center was built using a neomodern design. This is a perfect design for a science building. The well-ordered facade gives a sense of logic. The brick work and plantings soften the angles though.

Neomodernism is a continuation of modernism. It developed in the late 1990s in response to Post-Modernism. Neomodern designs are popular in current public and corporate buildings.

These designs use the simple lines and limited decoration of modernism. They also use new materials and technologies like computer drafting though. The result is what some people call the Apple Store look.

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