Linus Pauling (1901-1994) became interested in what is now called “molecular biology” in the late thirties, after he had completed most of his work on the chemical bond, for which he won the 1954 Nobel Prize in chemistry. His primary interest was the molecular structure of proteins in the blood. This group of papers details many of his discoveries in the area of protein structure, including the pleated-sheet configurations such as hair, feather, muscle and tendon, silk, horn, gelatine, hemoglobin, and synthetic polypeptides; and also his work on polypeptide chains. Many of these findings are most profoundly illustrated by Pauling’s wonderful molecular models, built during his years at Caltech. Item #15703
Includes: Pauling, Linus, Robert B. Corey, and H.R. Branson, “The Structure of Proteins: Two Hydrogen-Bonded Helical Configurations of the Polypeptide Chain.” Together with the following articles by Linus Pauling and Robert B. Corey: “Atomic Coordinates and Structure Factors for Two Helical Configurations of Polypeptide Chains;” “The Structure of Synthetic Polypeptides;” “The Pleated Sheet, a New Layer Configuration of Polypeptide Chains;” “The Structure of Feather Rachis Keratin;” “The Structure of Hair, Muscle, and Related Proteins;” “The Structure of Fibrous Proteins of the Collagen-Gelatin Group;” “The Polypeptide-Chain Configur-ation in Hemoglobin and Other Globular Proteins.” Reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nos. 4, 5, pp. 205-211, 235-285. April, May, 1951. Also: Pauling, Linus, and Robert B. Corey. “Configur-ation of Polypeptide Chains.” Reprinted from Nature, Vol. 168, p. 550, September 29, 1951; Yakel, Harry L., Linus Pauling, and Robert Corey. “Structure of the Synthetic Polypeptide Poly- -methyl-L-glutamate.” Reprinted from Nature, Vol. 169, p. 920, May 31, 1952; Pauling, Linus, and Robert B. Corey. “Compound Helical Configurations of Polypeptide Chains: Structure of Proteins of the Keratin Type.” Reprinted from Nature, Vol. 171, p. 59, January 10, 1953; Pauling, Linus, and Robert B. Corey. “Two Pleated-Sheet Configurations of Polypeptide Chains Involving Both Cis and Trans Amide Groups.” [together with:] “Two Rippled-Sheet Configurations of Polypeptide Chains, and a Note about the Pleated Sheets.” Reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 39, No. 4, pp. 247-256. (April, 1953).One offprint, containing two articles by Pauling and Corey; Corey, R.B., and L. Pauling. “Fundamental Dimensions of Polypeptide Chains.” [together with:] “Stable Configurations of Polypeptide Chains.” Reprinted from Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 141, pp., 10-33 (1953); and Marsh, R.E., R.B. Corey and L. Pauling. “The Structure of Tussah Silk Fibroin: With a Note on the Structure of -Poly-L-Alanine.” Reprinted from Proceedings of International Wool Textile Research Conference, Australia, 1955. pp. -186.