Born on January 31, 1881, in Brooklyn, New York, Irving Langmuir studied internationally before teaching in the U.S. and later establishing a long career with General Electric. He made big breakthroughs on the nature of gases, water-based monolayer transfers and atomic structure theory, receiving the chemistry Nobel Prize in 1932. Working in meteorology as well, Langmuir died on August 16, 1957.
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