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Irving Langmuir and the Langmuir Circulation

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments

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Monday marks the anniversary of the birth of American scientist Irving Langmuir.  Langmuir has done many things within the field of science, including winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.  Meteorologists are interested in him because of his discovery of specific types of circulations in the atmosphere and oceans — now called Langmuir circulations.  These circulations are wind-driven with axes parallel to the wind.  In the atmosphere, phenomenon called “cloud streets” are seen in conjunction with these circulations.  Langmuir had a vast knowledge of many disciplines within the sciences, and that is one of the reason we at Weather Break admire him.

Today on Weather Break, Dr. Jon Schrage talks about Irving Langmuir’s discoveries, mainly his discovery of Langmuir circulations.  Dr. Schrage also talks about how there has been a recent push in American education to produce more interdisciplinary scientists, and how Creighton University is meeting that challenge.

Links:

For more information on Irving Langmuir, visit Wikipedia.

For more information on Langmuir circulations, visit Wikipedia.

Tags: Famous Meteorologists

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