Description: American chemist and physicist, Irving Langmuir (1881-1957) neatly penned and signed this brief note to [Scoutmaster] Mr. [R.E.] Carter, politely declining an invitation to meet Boy Scout Troop One of Schenectady, NY because he has “already been scheduled to give a talk before the Elfun Society on that morning.”
The Elfun Society was a social club and volunteer group comprised of General Electric employees and retirees. Langmuir worked at GE from 1909 to 1950 where he furthered the basic fields of physics and chemistry with such inventions as the gas-filled incandescent lamp and the hydrogen welding technique. In 1932, Langmuir was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in surface chemistry.
Written on a 5 1/2” x 6” sheet of Irving Langmuir’s personal stationery. Item #A00718.
Condition: Fold line, mounting adhesive along top edge of verso has lightly bled through the paper’s recto, otherwise in very good condition.