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American Scientists Postage Stamps First Day of Sale: March 6, 2008

WASHINGTON D.C. - Some of the most impressive scientific achievements of the 20th century will be recognized in March (stamps go on sale March 6) when the USPS "American Scientists" stamps are issued.

The series honors four scientists:

Learn more about all Scientists being honored.

OSU Celebrates Linus Pauling and Release of New U.S. Postal Service Stamp

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ninety-one years ago, a young man from Portland enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College, predecessor of Oregon State University, to begin studies in chemical engineering. Those studies would start him on a path that 37 years later would take him to Stockholm, Sweden, where he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

By the time Linus Pauling died in 1994, he had become not only the first person ever to win a second individual Nobel, but one of the most decorated and respected scientists of the 20th century. The U.S. Postal Service will recognize Pauling’s lifetime of achievements on March 6 with a new set of “American Scientists” stamps honoring Pauling, biochemist Gerti Cory, astronomer Edwin Hubble and physicist John Bardeen.

As part of the official release of the new stamps, OSU will host a March 6 celebration at noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom featuring Linus Pauling Jr. and Corvallis Postmaster John Herrington, who will stamp envelopes with a commemorative postmark designed specially for the occasion. Corvallis Post Office staff will be on site to offer the American Scientists stamps for sale between noon and 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Though Pauling earned his bachelors degree in 1922 and spent the rest of his academic and professional life at California universities and research centers, his fondness for OSU – the place where he met his wife of nearly 60 years, Ava Helen Pauling – never waned. In 1986, he donated his papers and those of his wife to OSU; the collection numbers more than 500,000 items.

Read the full OSU Press Release.


Shelly Houghtaling
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