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02/20/2001 08:00:00

Caltech Celebrates Pauling Centennial

PASADENA, Calif.- In honor of the 100th anniversary of the late Linus Pauling's birthday, the California Institute of Technology will host "Frontiers in Science," a day of presentations by world renowned scientists including three Nobel Laureates. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 2, in Beckman Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The conference is organized by the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and the program is:

10 a.m.: Opening Remarks - Ahmed Zewail, Linus Pauling Chair Professor, Caltech (Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1999) and David A. Tirrell, McCollum-Corcoran Chair Professor, Caltech.

Session I - Chair, David A. Tirrell 10:15 a.m. - by Elias James Corey, Sheldon Emery Chair Professor, Harvard University (Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1990), "Topics in Enantioselective Synthesis."

11 a.m. - Richard Lerner, President, The Scripps Research Institute, "All Antibodies Catalyze the Oxidation of Water." 11:45 a.m. - Jack D. Dunitz, Professor of Chemical Crystallography, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, "Looking Backwards, Glancing Sideways."

12:05 p.m. - Intermission

Session II - Chair, Ahmed H. Zewail 1:30 p.m. - Charles H. Townes, University Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, (Nobel Prize for Physics, 1964), "The Laser." 2:15 p.m. - Thomas Steitz, Eugene Higgins Chair Professor, Yale University, "Insights into the RNA World from the structure of the Large Ribosomal Subunit and its Ligand Complexes."

3 p.m. - Alexander Rich, William Thompson Sedgwick Chair Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Linus Pauling: Personal Reflections."

3:20 p.m. - Closing remarks 3:30 p.m. - Adjournment

Pauling came to Caltech as a graduate student and received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1925. He joined the faculty in 1926 and remained until 1964. Until his passing in 1994 he was a Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at Caltech and director of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Palo Alto. Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962.

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