LINUS PAULING - AUTOGRAPH 02/22/1966 CO-SIGNED BY: PAULINE GEBALLE, AVA HELEN PAULING, KARL PRUSSION - HFSID 18207
LINUS PAULING, AVA HELEN PAULING, PAULINE GEBALLE and KARL PRUSSION. Signatures: "Linus Pauling/22 February 1966", "Pauline T. Geballe" and "Ava Helen Pauling" on front and, on verso, "Karl Prussion/Jan.
Sale Price $374.00
LINUS PAULING, AVA HELEN PAULING, PAULINE GEBALLE and KARL PRUSSION. Signatures: "Linus Pauling/22 February 1966", "Pauline T. Geballe" and "Ava Helen Pauling" on front and, on verso, "Karl Prussion/Jan. 26, 1966/Portland, Oregan. (sic)", 6¾x9¼, front and verso. Affixed at lower margin of Pauling's signature page is a magazine photograph, b/w, 2x3¾, and a magazine article headed: "Pauling is First and Only Person to Win Two Nobel Prizes Alone". Affixed at lower margin of verso is a newspaper article headed: "Former Counterspy Says Communist in Congress". The article includes a b/w photograph, ¾x1¼, of Prussion. LINUS PAULING (1901-1994) was the only winner of two unshared Nobel Prizes. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for his research on the nature of the chemical bond holding molecules together and its use in understanding the structure of complex substances such as protein and antibodies. After the development of the atomic bomb, Pauling campaigned against nuclear weapons. He won the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. AVA HELEN PAULING (1903-1981) was a lifelong liberal and activist who, after WWII, steered her husband toward the peace movement, for which he would spend half of his time. The couple, who married on June 17, 1923, had four children and had been wed for 58 years at the time of her death. Ava Helen, like her husband, traveled the world, lecturing on peace and human rights. When asked about his greatest discovery, Linus Pauling would always reply, "My wife." Although we were unable to find information on PAULINE GEBALLE, the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers has a record of correspondence from her in 1956, 1963 and 1966, the year this autograph was signed. It is not known if she signed this autograph at the same time as the Paulings. KARL PRUSSION, the son of a Communist, was named for Karl Marx and spent some 26 years as a member of the Communist Party. According to Prussion, he was a counter-spy for the FBI for 12 years (1947-1959), although J. Edgar Hoover put that figure at nine years. Prussion, who wrote several pamphlets and books and recorded an album, Inside A Communist Cell (1961), tried to commit suicide in 1965, the year before he signed this autograph, claiming he was the target of Communist assassins. Worthy of further research. Lightly creased. Light show through of writing. Ink page numbers (unknown hand) at lower corners. Lower right blank corner torn away, irregular right edge with binding nicks from removal from bound book. Overall, fine condition.
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