Irving Langmuir spent most of his scientific career (41 years) at General Electric (GE) Research Laboratory in Schenectady, NY, starting in 1909. While at GE, he helped develop the gas-filled tungsten-filament incandescent light bulb, a variant of which is still in use today (Suits and Martin, 1974). Also while at GE, Langmuir is credited with the early development of surface chemistry (Langmuir, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1933), and the concepts of surface tension of liquids (Langmuir, 1917) and, among others, Langmuir-Blodgett films (Blodgett and Langmuir, 1937), which are related to...

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