Bizarre and Eccentric: Weird People and Extraordinary Lives by Nigel Blundell

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Berlin: J. Springer, 1928. For More Information See: Aus Meinem Leyben. Weinheim, Germany: Verlag Chemie, 1948. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Scribner’s, 1976 (Volume 14), 411–12. Commentary: The Nobel Award to Richard Willstāter was “for his research on plant pigments, especially chlorophyll” and recognized his contribution in elaborating the structure and function of chlorophyll. He was equally noted for his work on plant pigments, especially the study of the blue and red pigments of flowers, and for the studies of carbonic acid assimilation by plants, of enzymes, and of synthesis and structure of atropine and cocaine.

Rosenfeld, Albert. The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir. Volume 12 of Collected Works. New York: Pergamon Press, 1962. ” Langmuir, in the course of pursuing theoretical studies in chemistry, physics, and engineering, managed to provide some of the major practical advances of the twentieth century. His achievements included the development of the gas-filled light bulb, the high-vacuum radio tube, the atomic hydrogen welding torch, and many other electronic devices. The general theory of absorbed films was another of his contributions, as was the initial work on production of artificial rainfall.

Children: Olof, son; Sven, son; Ester, daughter; Anna-Lisa, daughter. Career: Univ. of Uppsala, Sweden, Professor, 1884–91; Univ. of Stockholm, Sweden, Professor and Administrator, 1891– 1905; Nobel Institute for Physical Chemistry, Sweden, Director, 1905–27. Other Awards: Davy Medal, Royal Society, 1902; Willard Gibbs Medal, United States, 1911; Faraday Medal, 1914. Selected Publications: Lehrbuch der Elektrochemie. Leipzig, Germany: Quandt & Handell, 1901 (Textbook on Electrochemistry. Tr. by John McCrae.

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