CONDON - February has been Nobel Laureate Month in Condon in honor of two Nobel prize winners with roots in that community.

William Parry Murphy graduated from Gilliam County High School in 1910 and went on to graduate as a doctor of medicine from Harvard Medical School. In 1934, Murphy shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with George Richards Minot and George Hoyt Whipple for their work on pernicious anemia and its treatment.

Linus Pauling, who lived in Condon for a time during his early childhood, received the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel prize for peace in 1962.

Pauling was one of the 20th century's most important scientists. He conducted early work in the fields of quantum chemistry, molecular biology and orthomolecular medicine.

He is one of four individuals to have won multiple Nobel Prizes, and the only one to win two in unrelated fields. He also is the only person to have received each of his prizes without sharing it with another recipient.

- Phil Wright

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