Linus Pauling Chair in Chemical Engineering
In 1997 Rosalie and Peter Johnson of Corvallis established the Linus Pauling Chair in Chemical Engineering to honor Oregon State University's most famous graduate. Peter Johnson, president and owner of Tekmax, Inc., a company which revolutionized battery manufacturing equipment, is a 1955 graduate of the College of Engineering.
The Johnsons have a long history of supporting OSU. They have made generous contributions to aid the construction of the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and the Joe Schulein Computer Laboratory, which was opened in 1995. In addition, they have supported the Home Farm School in Corvallis, as well as Good Samaritan Hospital and Ashbrook School.
At the time he and Rosalie made the gift for the Pauling Chair, Peter Johnson said, "Both Rosalie and I believe in the value of education. This is our way of investing in future students. I wanted to fund the Linus Pauling Chair because I feel I received a good, solid education at Oregon State, and Linus Pauling represents the scholarly quality I hope the department will continue to attract among its faculty."
The Pauling Chair in Chemical Engineering is one of several Oregon State University programs and facilities named after the late Linus Pauling, a 1922 OSU graduate in chemical engineering and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize. They include: the Linus Pauling Institute; the Linus Pauling Science Center; the Linus Pauling Lectures in Chemistry; the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lectureship for World Peace; and the Linus Pauling Legacy Award. The Johnsons are pictured in the Valley Library, which houses the Pauling papers and items from his office, including his chalkboard.
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