Katharine Blodgett, US physicist

Katharine Blodgett, US physicist

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898-1979), US physicist, demonstrating surface chemistry experiments for visitors at the opening of General Electric's new Research Laboratory building. Blodgett was employed by General Electric from 1920. She worked with US physical chemist Irving Langmuir (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1932) on monomolecular coatings (Langmuir-Blodgett films) designed to cover surfaces such as water, metal and glass. They also devised an apparatus known as the Langmuir-Blodgett trough. Founded in Schenectady, New York, USA, the General Electric Research Laboratory relocated to nearby Niskayuna in 1955.

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