February 28, 1901 Linus Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon. He won the Noble prize for Chemistry in 1945. He received the National Medal of Honor from President Gerald Ford in 1960, and the International Lenin Peace Prize in 1971. He was given the National Medal of Merit from President Harry Truman for his contribution to the war effort, but when the Atomic Bomb was developed, he became a pacifist. He then joined the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. Pauling died on August 19, 1994 at the age of 93.
Linus Pauling is a level I luminary in the UU A Way Of Life Liturgical Calendar.