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IRVING LANGMUIR January 31, 1881-August 16, 1957 BY C. GUY SUITS AND MILES J. MARTIN FEW SCIENTISTS, in either university or industry, have made as many, and as significant, contributions to scientific progress as did Dr. Irving Langmuir, the 1932 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. It was on July 19, 1909, that Langmuir joined the General Electric Research Laboratory in which he was to become, first, assistant director and then associate direc- tor and which was to be the scene of his greatest achievements. One of Langmuir's first achievements was in the field of lighting. After Dr. William D. Coolidge, also of the Research Laboratory, developed the drawn tungsten-filament incandes- cent lamp, it fell to Langmuir to further develop an improved lamp—a gas-filled one instead of the vacuum type—and thereby make a great gain in lighting efficiency. The gas-filled lamp soon began driving arc lamps from the street lights, greatly increasing the use of electric lighting by increasing efficiency. With the lower cost of lighting came a large increase in the amount of light used, so that electric utility revenues from lighting were soon higher than ever before. They continued to increase steadily as efficiency improved. Further improvements in incandescent lamps were to be made in various laboratories, but Coolidge's tungsten filament and Langmuir's gas filling remain today two basic elements of in- candescent lamps. 215
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216 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS Irving Langmuir, in the forty-one active years he was a versa- tile researcher in the General Electric laboratory, was distin- guished for his epoch-making discoveries in science and also for the many very important practical applications that were made of his work. His scientific productivity was prodigious. He published about five scientific papers a year for the full period of his research career, and the resulting group of more than 200 papers included a great diversity of topics, for example: The Laws of Convection and Conduction of Heat in Gases (1912) . The Effect of Space Charge and Residual Gases or Thermi- onic Currents in High Vacuum (1913~. The Constitution and Fundamental Properties of Solids and Liquids ~ 1916) . The Condensation Pump: An Improved Form of High- Vacuum Pump (1916) . The Arrangement of Electrons in Atoms and Molecules (1919) . Chemical Reactions on Surfaces (1921~. The Electron Emission from Thoriated Tungsten Filaments (1921) Atomic Hydrogen Arc Welding (1926~. The Theory of Collectors in Gaseous Discharges (1926) General Theory of the Plasma of an Arc (1929) Oxygen Films on Tungsten (1931) . Surface Chemistry. Nobel Lecture (1933~. Built-Up Films of Proteins and Their Properties (1937~. Rates of Evaporation of Water through Compressed Mono- layers on Water (1943~. Studies on the Effects Produced by Dry-Ice Seeding of Stratus Clouds ~ 1948) . . ~ See the twelve volumes entitled The Collected Works of Irving Langmnir, Pergamon Press, Elmsford, N.Y. (1962).
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IRVING LANGMUIR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY 217 Langmuir's study of thermionic phenomena produced effects that later became the heart of the electronics industry. His research gave the world the first high-vacuum electron tubes and the first high-emission electron tube cathodes. Not only was the study of heat transfer in gases the scientific source of Langmuir's basic invention of the gas-filled lamp and atomic hydrogen welding but it also provided the technology for hydrogen-cooled turbines. Langmuir made basic contributions to the understanding of gaseous discharge phenomena—he invented the word plasma— and his work on surface films, later protein films on water, pro- vided an important new technique in biochemistry. He received the Nobel Prize in 1932. Later he devoted his time more to "science out-of-doors." SCIENTIFIC WORK Irving Langmuir's scientific career covered fifty years, start- ing in 1904 with his doctoral dissertation at Gottingen, "Ueber partielle Wiedervereinigung dissociierter Gase im Verlauf einer Abkuhlung," and ending in 1955 with an unpublished report on "Widespread Control of Weather by Silver Iodide Seeding." In order to convey a feeling for the diversity of his work, Lang- muir's published scientific work has been grouped into seven categories below, this grouping following rather closely that used by Lan'~muir himself in the Introduction to Phenomena, Atoms, and Molecules, a reprints of some twenty of his papers selected by him in 1950. The dates associated with each cate- gory indicate when most of the relevant work was published, although it will be clear from the span of some of these dates that Langmuir's productive interest in certain areas continued ~ Philosophical Library, Inc., New York, N.Y. (1950) .
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218 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS throughout a large part of his active scientific life and even Into retirement: 1906 to 1921 Chemical Reactions at High Temperatures and Low Pressures 1911 to 1936 Thermal Effects in Gases 1919 to 1921 Atomic Structure 1913 to 1937 Thermionic Emission and Surfaces in Vacuum 1916 to 1943 "Chemical Forces" in Solids, Liquids, and Surface Films 1923 to 1932 Electrical Discharges in Gases 1938 to 1955 Science Out-of-Doors CHEMICAL REACTIONS AT HIGH TEMPERATURES AND LOW PRESSURES When Langmuir commenced his doctoral work at Gottingen, Professor Walther Nernst suggested as a thesis subject the study of the formation of nitric oxide from air in the vicinity of a glowing Nernst filament. It was thought that the filament would act catalytically on the reaction between oxygen and nitrogen and that the final equilibrium would correspond to the tem- perature of the filament. This method of studying equilibria looked extremely attractive because of the simplicity of the apparatus involved, compared with the complexity of the equip- ment more generally used in such studies. This simple hypothe- sis proved not to be applicable to the interaction of nitrogen and oxygen in the vicinity of a glowing Nernst filament, and the thesis effort was shifted to studying other gaseous equilibria, such as the dissociation of carbon dioxide brought about by a glowing platinum filament, where the hypothesis was found to be valid. This very early work is especially interesting as a foreshadow- ing of Langmuir's predilection for experiments requiring only simple apparatus but where understanding of the experimental results might involve new, bold concepts and extended theo- retical analysis. In this case, the work led to an understanding
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IRVING LANGMUIR 219 of the unexpectedly much greater importance of thermal con- duction, as compared with convection, in determining the heat loss from a filament through the first few tenths of a millimeter of gas surrounding it. This thesis work was also important in orienting Langmuir's scientific interests in 1909 when, at Dr. Willis R. Whitney's invitation, he joined the Research Laboratory of the General Electric Company, which laboratory had been established only nine years before. Dr. Whitney suggested that Langmuir should spend a few days looking around to see what was going on, and the first entry in his laboratory notebook reads: July 19-July 21 Spent these two days looking thru lab and seeing what work was being done. Apparently "these two days" were sufficient to show Lar~g- muir that the laboratory was intensely interested in problems connected with making good incandescent lamps out of the then-new ductile tungsten wire just introduced by Coolidge. The first experiments of his choice were concerned with pre- paring pure hydrogen and studying the effects of heating tung- . . . sten wire In it. At that time, all incandescent lamps were vacuum lamps, and the general feeling was that, if the vacuum could be made better, the life of the lamp would be improved. Langmuir, on the other hand, had been impressed with how much better lamp-factory vacuum was than what had been available to him at the university, and, not knowing how to improve on this, he resolved to see what effects the opposite approach of adding various gases would have on the life of tungsten lamps. He was also impressed with the ready availability of tungsten wires capable of being heated electrically to very high temperatures. From this combination of good vacuum and high-temperature filaments grew his work on chemical reactions at high tempera-
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220 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS tures and low pressures. These studies included the discovery and detailed investigation of the formation of atomic hydrogen by contact of molecular hydrogen with a hot tungsten filament, a careful analysis of the effects of water vapor in incandescent lamps, and a systematic investigation of the mechanism of "cleanup" of oxygen, nitrogen, and other gases at low pressure by hot tungsten and molybdenum filaments. THERMAL EFFECTS IN GASES Lan,~muir had established that, apart from a special chain reaction with water vapor, the life of a tungsten vacuum lamp was insensitive to the residual gases usually present and was determined entirely by the evaporation of tungsten. This en- couraged him to experiment with lamps containing much higher pressures of inert gases and to study heat losses from filaments under these conditions. He found that the evaporation of tungsten in nitrogen at approximately atmospheric density is essentially a diffusion process and obeys laws similar to those of conduction or con- vection of heat from a wire; that is, for wires of small diameters, the actual amount of tungsten evaporated is almost independ- ent of the size of the wire, an unfavorable result for the very small filaments used in most lamps. On the other hand, experi- ment showed that, for several reasons, life and efficiency were better for large filaments in nitrogen. This dilemma was re- solved by coiling the small wire tightly into a helix of substan- tially larger diameter, a form of construction that led to wide- spread adoption of the gas-filled lamp. The dissociation of hydrogen by a hot tungsten filament had been postulated by Langmuir to explain the sudden increase in heat loss from a filament in hydrogen at high temperatures. Estimates of the heat of dissociation were made, and some prop- erties of atomic hydrogen were observed, such as its adsorption on a cold glass wall.
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IRVING LANG MUIR 221 Several years later Langmuir's attention was attracted by R. W. Wood's preparation of concentrated atomic hydrogen in an electric discharge tube and Wood's observations on the heating effects produced by the recombination of the atomic hydrogen on a variety of surfaces. This led Langmuir to the invention of the atomic hydrogen welding torch, in which large amounts of atomic hydrogen are produced by an arc between tungsten electrodes in hydrogen, and the atoms are allowed to recombine on the metal to be heated. ATO M I C STRU CTURE Some of Lan~muir's most productive thinking was guided by consideration of the differences between what he called "physical forces" and "chemical forces." This thinking led to his concept of the adsorption process and also to his rather brief sortie into the field of atomic structure during 1919-1921. The Bohr: theory was then well established by reason of its spectacular spectroscopic successes. Langmuir considered this to be a typical "physical force" theory based on forces acting according to simple laws between mathematical points separated by relatively large distances. The chemist, on the other hand, did not think of molecules as point centers of force, but rather as complex entities having structures which made the outward acting "chemical forces" at one part of the molecule quite dif- ferent from those at another. Moreover, the "chemical forces" were usually of shorter range than the "physical forces." This thinking, together with G. N. Lewis'sT theory of the "cubical atom" and a keen feeling for the complex chemical phenomena to be explained, led Langmuir to his "octet theory" of atomic structure, in which Bohr's centrally orbiting electrons were replaced by electrons distributed in regions throughout the ~ R. W. Wood, Proc. Roy. Soc., 102, 1 (1922), and Phil. Mag., 44, 538 (1922). t N. Bohr, Phil. Mag., 26, 1 (1913) . ~ G. N. Lewis, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 38, 762 (1913) .
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222 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS atom, each electron being stationary in its region or describing a restricted orbit within the region. With these concepts, and a limited number of postulates, Langmuir was able to correlate a tremendous variety of chemical phenomena. Further detailed calculations, however, led to the need for more assumptions, and it was not long until the advent of quantum-mechanical concepts of chemical bonds led him to transfer his efforts to other problems. Langmuir, while appreci- ating the great conceptual contributions made by quantum mechanics, was impressed by the tremendous mathematical diffi- culties of attempting to understand chemical properties in detail by this route. Because of this he apparently made a decision not to develop a working knowledge of these new tools for him- self, but to continue his work where more classical methods were still fruitful. THERMIONIC EMISSION AND SURFACES IN VACUUM As a natural outgrowth of his earlier work on tungsten lamps, Langmuir entered the field of thermionic emission in 1913 to answer the specific question of why relatively large electron currents did not appear as shunt currents from the negative leg to the positive leg of a tungsten lamp with a hairpin filament. At that time the true origin of thermionic emission was still in doubt, and there were even suggestions that the thermionic electrons were by-products of a chemical reaction and, therefore, that the absence of the shunt current in lamps was due to the very high vacuum. Langmuir made experiments with lamps containing two separate hairpin filaments and soon arrived at the concept that the shunt currents were small be- cause the charges on the electrons in the space between the legs of the filament shielded the negative leg from the acclerating field due to the positive leg. This hypothesis was at once submitted to theory and calcu-
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IRVING LANGMUIR 223 ration, resulting in the Child-Lan~muir~ space-charge equa- tion, according to which the electron current between electrodes of any shape in vacuum is proportional to the 3/2 power of the potential difference between the electrodes. This celebrated law was followed through in great detail for various electrode configurations, and corrections for the initial thermal velocities of the electrons were introduced. The 3/2 power law became an important issue in a hard-fought patent suit concerning electron discharges in very high vacuum, a major result of which, perhaps, was to illustrate the difficulty of patenting some- thing that came so close to being a law of nature. Thorium oxide is added to tungsten lamp filaments to im- prove their mechanical behavior at high temperatures, and it had been observed sporadically that abnormally high thermi- onic emission was obtained from some lamp filaments. When Langmuir undertook a systematic study of this problem, he soon showed that the abnormally high emission was definitely asso- ciated with the presence of thoria in the filament. He worked out in great detail the temperature treatment needed to obtain thoriated emission and the magnitude of the emission under various conditions. His theoretical study of the phenomenon showed that the enhanced emission could be explained in terms of the formation by diffusion of a single, more or less complete layer of thorium atoms on the surface of the filament. These rather detailed and involved concepts were obtained by inter- pretation of experiments with the simplest of vacuum tubes and current measurements with a portable microammeter. It is interesting to observe that the interpretations of such simple experiments, in the hands of so great a master, at times cause corrections in detail. Langrnuir interpreted the transient ~ C. D. Child, Phys. Rev., 32, 492 (1911) . Independent derivations of this equation were made by Langmuir for electrons and by Child for positive ions about two years earlier.
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224 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS behavior of the surface film in formation as being due to a combination of the diffusion of the thorium atoms through the tungsten lattice plus a reasonable assumption of "induced evap- oration" when a new thorium atom arrived under one already in the surface layer. It was not until considerably later that more complicated experiments by P. Clausing~ showed that the thorium really diffused to the surface through the inter- crystalline material and then spread over the surface from these lines of access in a two-dimensional diffusion. Yet, some thirty years later Clausing revealed that Langmuir's computations had been the correct ones after all. Another extended series of thermionic studies, done in col- laboration with K. H. Kingdon and J. B. Taylor, involved new phenomena observed when cesium is put into a vacuum tube containing a tungsten filament. At low filament temperatures, and particularly if the filament is first coated with a monatomic layer of oxygen, the cesium atoms are strongly adsorbed from the vapor onto the surface of the filament. Such a cesium- oxygen-tungsten surface is the most efficient thermionic emitter known, and high hopes were entertained at first for its appli- cation in radio tubes. However, the advent of conventional barium oxide cathodes heated from the alternating current supply replaced this possible application. Another new phenomenon observed was that, at higher filament temperatures, cesium atoms (ionizing potential 3.9 volts) striking a tungsten filament are robbed of an electron by the filament (work function 4.5 volts) and come off as positive ions that may be collected at a negative electrode. Langmuir developed a theoretical interpretation of these phenomena in terms of his concepts of adsorbed films and the Saha equation. This equation gives the equilibrium concentrations of ions, electrons, and neutral atoms at a known temperature in a gas with known ionization potential and for this application must ~ P. CIausing, Physica, 7, 193 (1927).
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238 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS 1917 The condensation and evaporation of gas molecules. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 3:141. The shapes of group molecules forming the surfaces of liquids. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 3:251. The constitution and fundamental properties of solids and liquids. II. Liquids. I. Am. Chem. Soc., 39:1848. 1918 The adsorption of gases on plane surfaces of glass, mica, and plati- num. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 40: 1361. The evaporation of small spheres. Phys. Rev., 12:368. 1919 Chemical reactions at low pressures. IV. The clean-up of nitrogen by a heated molybdenum filament. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 41:167. The arrangement of electrons in atoms and molecules. J. Franklin Inst., 187:359; also in Gen. Elec. Rev., 22:505; I. Am. Chem. Soc., 41:868. The properties of the electron as derived from the chemical prop- erties of the elements. Phys. Rev., 13:300. Isomorphism, isosterism, and covalence. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 4 1: 1543. The structure of atoms and the octet theory of valence. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 5:252. 1920 The mechanism of the surface phenomena of flotation. Trans. Faraday Soc., 15:62; also in Gen. Elec. Rev., 24:1025 (1921~. The octet theory of valence and its applications with special refer- ence to organic nitrogen compounds. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 42:274. The structure of atoms and its bearing on chemical valence. Jour- nal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 12:386. The charge on the electron and the value of Planck's constant h. J. Franklin Inst., 189: 603. Theories of atomic structure. Nature, 105:261. The structure of the helium atom. Science. Rev., 17:339 (1921~. 51 :605; also in Phys.
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IRVING LANGMUIR 239 The structures of the hydrogen molecule and the hydrogen ion. Science, 52:433. Fundamental phenomena in electron tubes having tungsten cath- odes. Gen. Elec. Rev., 23:503. Radiation as a factor in chemical action. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 42:2190. 1921 With Guy Bartlett. The crystal structure of the ammonium halides above and below the transition temperatures. I. Am. Chem. Soc., 43:84. The structure of the static atom. The structure of the static atom. Future developments of theoretical chemistry. lurgical Engineering, 24:533. Science, 53:290. Phys. Rev., 18: 104. (A) Chemical and Metal- Types of valence. Science, 54:59. Chemical reactions on surfaces. Trans. Faraday Soc., 17:607; also in Gen. Elec. Rev., 25:445 (1922~. 1922 The mechanism of the catalytic action of platinum in the reactions 2CO + Or 2CO2 and 2H2 + 02 = 2H2O. Trans. Faraday Soc., 17:621. With H. Mott-Smith. Radial flow in rotating liquids. Phys. Rev., 20: 95. (A) The electron emission from thoriated tungsten filaments. Phys. Rev., 20: 107. (A) With K. H. Kingdon. The removal of thorium from the surface of a thoriated tungsten filament by bombardment with positive ions. Phys. Rev., 20: 108. With S. Dushman. The diffusion coefficient in solids and its tem- perature coefficient. Phys. Rev., 20: 113. Use of high-power vacuum tubes. Electrical World, 80:881. 1923 With E. H. Kingdon. Thermionic effects caused by alkali vapors in vacuum tubes. Science, 57:58. The effect of space charge and initial velocities on the potential
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240 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS distribution and thermionic current between parallel plane elec- trodes. Phys. Rev., 21:419. Positive ion currents from the positive column of mercury arcs. Science, 58:290. With K. H. Kingdon. Removal of thorium by positive bombard- ment. Phys. Rev., 22:148. With K. B. Blodgett. Currents limited by space charge between coaxial cylinders. Phys. Rev., 22:347. The electron emission from thoriated tungsten filaments. Phys. Rev., 22:357. A new photo-electric eRect reflection of electrons induced by light. Science, 58:398. The pressure effect and other phenomena in gaseous discharges. i. Franklin Inst., 196:751. The mechanism of the positive column of the mercury arc. Phys. Rev., 23: 109. (A) With K. H. Kingdon. Electron emission from caesium-covered filaments. Phys. Rev., 23:112. (A) Reflection of electrons caused by light. Phys. Rev., 23: 112. (A) Positive ion currents in the positive column of the mercury arc. Gen. Elec. Rev., 26:731. 1924 A simple method for quantitative studies of ionization phenomena in gases. Science, 59:380. With K. B. Blodgett. Currents limited by space charge between concentric spheres. Phys. Rev., 23:49. With H. Mott-Smith. Studies of electric discharges in gases at low pressures. Gen. Elec. Rev., 27:449. A new type of electric discharge: The streamer discharge. Science. 60:392. 1925 With K. H. Kingdon. Thermionic effects caused by vapours of alkali metals. Proc. Roy. Soc. (London), 107A:61. Scattering of electrons in ionized gases. Phys. Rev., 26:585. The distribution and orientation of molecules. Monograph, 3:48. Colloid Symposium
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IRVING LANGMUIR 241 Flames of atomic hydrogen. Science, 62:463; also in Gen. Elec. Rev., 29:153 (1926~; Ind. Eng. Chem., 19:667 (1927~. 1926 With R. A. Weinman. Atomic hydrogen arc welding. Gen. Elec. Rev.,29:160. The effects of molecular dissymmetry on properties of matter. Col- loid Chemistry, 1:525. With L. Tonks and H. Mott-Smith. The flow of ions through a small orifice in a charged plate. Phys. Rev., 28:104. With H. Mott-Smith. The theory of collectors in gaseous discharges. Rev., 29: 160. 1927 With L. Tonks. On the surface heat of charging. Phys. Rev., 29:~24. With H. A. tones. The characteristics of tungsten filaments as functions of temperature. Gen. Elec. Rev., 30:408. With G. M. i. Mackay and H. A. ~ones. The rates of evaporation and the vapor pressures of tungsten, molybdenum, platinum, nickel, iron, copper, and silver. Phys. Rev., 30:201. With D. B. Langmuir. The effect of monomolecular films on the evaporation of ether solutions. journal of Physical Chemistry, 31:1719. ·. Uber elektrische Entladungen in Gasen bei niedrigen Drucken. Zeitschrift fur Physik, 46:271. 1928 Electric discharges in gases at low pressures. In: Congresso Inter- nazionale dei Fisici, Vol. I, p. 129. Como, Pavia, and Rome, September 1927. Bologna, Nicola Zanichelli. English transla- tion. Atomic hydrogen as an aid to industrial research. Science, 67:201; also in Ind. Eng. Chem., 20:332. Die Entstehungsgeschichte der gasgefullten Gluhlampe. Naturwis- senschaften, 16: 1019. With H. A. ~ones. Collisions between electrons and gas molecules. Phys. Rev., 31:357. Oscillations in ionized gases. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 14:627.
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242 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS 1929 With L. Tonks. Oscillations in ionized gases. Phys. Rev., 33:195. With A. W. Hull. Control of an arc discharge by means of a grid. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 1 ~ :218. The interaction of electron and positive ion space charges in cath- ode sheaths. Phys. Rev., 33:954. With K. H. Kingdon. Contact potential measurements with ad- sorbed films. Phys. Rev., 34:129. With L. Tonks. General theory of the plasma of an arc. Phys. Rev., 34:876. Forces near the surfaces of molecules. Chem. Rev., 6:451. 1930 With S. MacLane and K. B. Blodgett. Effect of end losses on the characteristics of filaments of tungsten and other materials. Phys. Rev., 35:478. Electrochemical interactions of tungsten, thorium, caesium, and oxygen. Ind. Eng. Chem., 22:390. With K. T. Compton. Electrical discharges in gases. I. Survey of fundamental processes. Rev. Mod. Phys., 2:123 With C. G. Found. Metastable atoms and electrons produced by resonance radiation in neon. Phys. Rev., 36:604. 1931 With D. S. Villars. Oxygen films on tungsten. I. A study of stability by means of electron emission in presence of cesium vapor. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 53:486. The alleged production of adsorbed films on tungsten by active nitrogen. Phys. Rev., 37:1006. Experiments with oil on water. Journal of Chemical Education, 8:850. With K. T. Compton. Electrical discharges in gases. II. Fundamen- tal phenomena in electrical discharges. Rev. Mod. Phys., 3: 191. Diffusion of electrons back to an emitting electrode in a gas. Phys. Rev., 38:1656. With K. J. Sixtus. Regions of reversed magnetization in strained wires. Phys. Rev., 38:2072. With W. F. Westendorp. A study of light signals in aviation and
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IRVING LANGMUIR 243 navigation. Physics, 1 :273; also in Aeronautical Engineering, 4:151 (1932~. 1932 With C. G. Found. Study of a neon discharge by use of collectors. Phys. Rev., 39:237. Cesium films on tungsten. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 54:1252. With K. B. Blodgett. Accommodation coefficient of hydrogen: A sensitive detector of surface films. Phys. Rev., 40:78. With I. B. Taylor. The mobility of caesium atoms adsorbed on Tungsten. Phys. Rev., 40:463. Vapor pressures, evaporation, condensation, and adsorption. J. Am. Chem. Soc.,- 54:2798. Decharges electriques dans les gaz aux basses pressions. Congres In- ternational d'Electricite, Paris, Ire Section, Rapport No. 7. Electric discharges in gases at low pressures. I. Franklin Inst., 214:275. With K. B. Blodgett. A film which adsorbs atomic H and does not adsorb He. I. Am. Chem. Soc., 54:3781. 1933 An extension of the phase rule for adsorption under equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions. l. Chem. Phys., 1:3. The nature of adsorbed films of caesium on tungsten. I. The space charge sheath and the image force. Phys. Rev., 43:224. With l. B. Taylor. The evaporation of atoms, ions, and electrons from caesium films on tungsten. Phys. Rev., 44:423. Surface Chemistry. Nobel Lecture presented in Stockholm on De- cember 14, 1932. Kungl. Boktryckeriet. Stockholm, P. A. Nor- stedt & Soner. Surface chemistry. Chem. Rev., 13:147; also in Gen. Elec. Rev., 38:402 (1935~. Oil lenses on water and the nature of monomolecular expanded films. J. Chem. Phys., 1: 756. 1934 Thoriated tungsten filaments. J. Franklin Inst., 217:543. Mechanical properties of monomolecular films. J. Franklin Inst., ~ 18: 143. (Franklin Medal Speech on May 16, 1934)
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244 BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS With K. B. Blodgett. The design of tungsten springs to hold tung- sten filaments taut. Review of Scientific Instruments, 5:321. The Denki-Gakkwai, Iwadare Fundamental industrial research. Foundation, Lecture I, Japan. Surface chemistry. The Denki-Gakkwai, Iwadare Foundation, Lec- ture II, Japan. Electric discharges in vacuum and in gases at low pressures. The Denki-Gakkwai, Iwadare Foundation, Lecture III, Japan. 1935 Fundamental industrial research. Gen. Elec. Rev., 38:324. Electric discharges in vacuum and in gases at low pressures. Gen. Elec. Rev., 38:452. Mechanical properties of matter. Mechanical Engineering, 57:486. With J. B. Taylor. Radiation and adsorption of energy by tungsten filaments at low temperatures. Journal of the Optical Society of America, 25:321. .. With K. B. Blodgett. Uber einige neue Methoden zur Untersuchung van monomolekularen Filmen. Kolloid Zeitschrift, 73:257. 1936 With V. l. Schaefer. Composition of fatty acid films on water con- taining calcium or barium salts. I. Am. Chem. Soc., 58:284. With J. B. Taylor. Tl~e heat conductivity of tungsten and the cooling effects of leads upon filaments at low temperatures. Phys. Rev., 50:68. With A. Forbes. Airplane tracks in the surface of stratus clouds. Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences, 3:385. Two-dimensional gases, liquids and solids. Science, 84:379. 1937 With V. l. Schaefer and D. NI. Wrinch. and their properties. Science, 85:76. With J. B. Taylor. Vapor pressure of caesium by the positive ion method. Phys. Rev., 51:753. With K. B. Blodgett. Built-up films of barium stearate and their optical properties. Phys. Rev., 51:964. With V. I. Schaefer. Optical measurement of the thickness of a film absorbed from a solution. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 59:1406. Built-up films of proteins
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IRVING LANGMUIR 245 With V. I. Schaefer and H. Sobotka. Multilayers of sterols and the adsorption of digitonin by deposited monolayers. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 59:1751. Title V. l. Schaefer. Improved methods of conditioning surfaces for adsorption. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 59:1762. With V. i. Schaefer. Monolayers and multilayers of chlorophyll. i. Am. Chem. Soc., 59:2075. With V. I. Schaefer. The effect of dissolved salts on insoluble monolayers. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 59:2400. Air traffic regulations as applied to private aviation. Sportsman Pilot, 18:8. 1938 Surface motion of water induced by wind. Science, 87:119. Surface electrification due to the recession of aqueous solutions from hydrophobic surfaces. i. Am. Chem. Soc., 60:1190. With D. F. Waugh. The adsorption of proteins at oil-water inter- faces and artificial protein-lipoid membranes. Journal of Gen- eral Physiology, 21:745. With V. I. Schaefer. Activities of urease and pepsin monolayers. I. Am. Chem. Soc., 60:1351. The speed of the deer fly. Science, 87:233. Overturning and anchoring of monolayers. Science, 87:493. With F. i. Norton. Effect of x-rays on surface potentials of mult layers. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 60:1513. With D. M. Wrinch. The structure of the insulin molecule. l. Am. Chem. Soc., 60:2247. With V. l. Schaefer. Salted-out protein films. i. Am. Chem. Soc., 60:2803. With D. M. Wrinch. 142:581. Repulsive forces between charged surfaces in water and the cause of the [ones-Ray effect. Science, 88:430. The role of attractive and repulsive forces in the formation of tactoids, thixotropic gels, protein crystals, and coacervates. l. Chem. Phys., 6:873. Protein monolayers. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantita- tive Biology, 6: 171. The properties and structure of protein films. Royal Institution, 30:483. . Vector maps and crystal analysis. Nature, Proceedings of the
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