Linus Pauling Institute to leave town
Publication Date: Friday Jan 12, 1996

BUSINESS: Linus Pauling Institute to leave town

Research institute moving to Pauling's alma mater, Oregon State University

The Linus Pauling Institute will move to its namesake's alma mater, Oregon State University in Corvallis, by the end of the year, Linus Pauling Jr. announced Thursday.

The Linus Pauling Institute on Page Mill Road near El Camino has been searching for a home for three years because the site must be turned over to residential uses in 1998. The City Council gave the institute a five-year extension in 1993, when the zoning change was originally scheduled to take effect.

The institute, which does research on nutrition and human health, decided to move to Oregon State University because of Pauling's past association with the university, because of the deadline in Palo Alto, and because the institute decided it could best attract a new research director--an open position since Pauling died in 1994--and quality researchers by being part of a major university, Pauling Jr. said.

"There's quite a bit of work at OSU presently . . . (which) dovetails very well with the program of the institute," said Dick Scanlan, dean of research for Oregon State University, during a press conference linking Palo Alto, Corvallis and Portland by video.

"I'm very disappointed for Palo Alto," said Council member Gary Fazzino. "The institute has been a wonderful part of our local academic, research and economic environment. At the same time I completely understand why--they received a great offer from Oregon State. Stanford acted quite arrogantly toward the Linus Pauling Institute, and did not provide it with adequate resources to stay here."

Neither Stanford nor Caltech, where Pauling worked for four decades, was interested in hosting the institute, Pauling Jr. said.

Linus Pauling won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963, and was well-known for his beliefs about the healing powers of vitamin C. Pauling founded the institute, originally located in Menlo Park, after retiring as Stanford professor of chemistry in 1973. The institute moved to Palo Alto in early 1981.

Only three or four of the institute's 32 employees will be go to Oregon, where the privately funded institute will be given lab and office space and administrative money. The university will get the institute's $1.5 million endowment. The move needs final approval from the Oregon state board of higher education later this month.

--Heather Rock Woods 

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