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Irving Langmuir

1881 - 1957

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Irving Langmuir (; January 31, 1881 – August 16, 1957) was an American chemist, physicist, and engineer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1932 for his work in surface chemistry. Langmuir's most famous publication is the 1919 article "The Arrangement of Electrons in Atoms and Molecules" in which, building on Gilbert N. Lewis's cubical atom theory and Walther Kossel's chemical bonding theory, he outlined his "concentric theory of atomic structure". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Irving Langmuir has received more than 476,430 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Irving Langmuir is the 62nd most popular chemist (up from 79th in 2019), the 521st most popular biography from United States (up from 659th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Chemist.

Irving Langmuir is most famous for his work in the field of surface chemistry. He is credited with the discovery of the Langmuir monolayer and the Langmuir adsorption isotherm.

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Among chemists, Irving Langmuir ranks 62 out of 509Before him are Kurt Alder, Jacques Monod, Melvin Calvin, Claude Louis Berthollet, Kary Mullis, and Friedrich Bergius. After him are Tadeusz Reichstein, Adolf Windaus, Arne Tiselius, Dorothy Hodgkin, John Howard Northrop, and Hans Adolf Krebs.

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Among people born in 1881, Irving Langmuir ranks 27Before him are Guccio Gucci, Ettore Bugatti, Georg von Küchler, Alcide De Gasperi, Hans Fischer, and Maximilian von Weichs. After him are Erwin von Witzleben, George Enescu, Natalia Goncharova, Hermann Staudinger, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and François Darlan. Among people deceased in 1957, Irving Langmuir ranks 21Before him are Johannes Stark, Henry van de Velde, Walther Bothe, Gerty Cori, Gabriela Mistral, and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. After him are Alfred Döblin, Joseph McCarthy, Curzio Malaparte, František Kupka, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Eliot Ness.

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Among people born in United States, Irving Langmuir ranks 521 out of 18,182Before him are Richard Kiel (1939), George R. R. Martin (1948), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Peter Fonda (1940), Betty White (1922), and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921). After him are George Peppard (1928), James Coburn (1928), Harper Lee (1926), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Ralph Lauren (1939), and Roy Lichtenstein (1923).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Irving Langmuir ranks 7Before him are Linus Pauling (1901), Edwin McMillan (1907), John Stith Pemberton (1831), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), Melvin Calvin (1911), and Kary Mullis (1944). After him are John Howard Northrop (1891), Theodore William Richards (1868), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927), Edward Adelbert Doisy (1893), and Harold Urey (1893).