Thursday, September 16, 2010

History of Medicine Society Lecture: Genius or Crackpot? The Medical Odyssey of Linus Pauling

The OHSU History of Medicine Society invites you to the next presentation in the History of Medicine Society Lecture Series:

"Genius or Crackpot?  The Medical Odyssey of Linus Pauling"

Guest speaker: Thomas Hager, author, journalist, editor and publisher.

Friday, October 1, 2010
Public lecture: 12:15 p.m.
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Vey Auditorium, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 11th Floor

Thomas Hager has written six books on health and science, and more than 100 feature and news articles in periodicals ranging from Readers Digest to the Wall St. Journal, Self, American Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Medical Tribune. Reviewers have called his work “engaging” (New York Times), “fascinating” (Los Angeles Times), “magisterial” (London Times), and “authoritative” (Nature). Hager’s most recent book, The Alchemy of Air, a history of the discovery of nitrogen fixation, is a Kirkus "Best Book of The Year"; Borders "Original Voices" Selection; and was shortlisted for the National Academies Communications Award. 

An Oregon native, Hager started his writing career after earning a master's degree in medical microbiology and immunology from the Oregon Health Sciences University, then a second in science journalism at the University of Oregon. He served as a communications intern at the National Cancer Institute, worked as a freelance medical writer, was a regular contributor to American Health, and was a West Coast news correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1983 he became founding editor of  LC Magazine, a trade publication for scientists. At the University of Oregon he edited the award-winning Oregon Quarterly magazine for a decade, and then served a number of years as the UO’s Director of Communications and Marketing, and director of the University of Oregon Press. He has spoken widely, to groups ranging from AAAS and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to media including C-Span’s “BookTV” and National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” “Science Friday,” and “Tech Nation.”

His most recent book is The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Harmony/Crown 2008, Three Rivers Press 2009). His other books include The Demon under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor’s Heroic Search for the World’s First Miracle Drug (Harmony/Crown 2006, Three Rivers Press 2007); Aging Well (with Lauren Kessler, Fireside Press, 1990); Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling (Simon & Schuster 1995); Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life (Oxford University Press 1998); and Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker (ed. with Clifford Mead, OSU Press, 2001). He is currently researching a book on the problem of world hunger and approaches to its solution.

Thomas Hager lives in the hills near Eugene, Oregon, with his wife Lauren Kessler. They have three children, Jackson, Zane, and Elizabeth.

The lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact Chris Shaffer (503-494-6057) at least five business days prior to the event.

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