With funds from the National Science Foundation, Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research was built in 1963 near the summit of 10,783-ft South Baldy Peak to provide a base for the study of cloud processes that produce lightning, hail, and rain. The need for the laboratory arose following the pioneering research into thunderstorms over New Mexico by E. J. Workman that began in the 1930s. During his tenure as President of New Mexico School of Mines (now New Mexico Tech) he was joined by other scientists including Nobel Laureate Dr. Irving Langmuir, in 1947, in whose honor the laboratory is named. These and other early studies in the nearby Plains of San Agustin and the San Mateo Mountains led to the building of Langmuir Lab in the Magdalena Mountains.

The Magdalena Mountains offer favorable conditions for the study of storms because many occur there during the summer, and often the storms are isolated, stationary, and relatively small.

Public Law 96-550, passed by Congress in 1980, established 31,000 acres within the Cibola National Forest as the Langmuir Research Site in order to encourage scientific studies in atmospheric processes and astronomic events. Langmuir Laboratory is operated under a Special Use Permit issued on 03/12/92 by the U.S. Forest Service, and an annual Operation and Maintenance Plan jointly prepared by the Magdalena District Ranger and Langmuir Laboratory.

1977 Lab Brochure

Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, NM 87801 Contents: Introduction / Climatology / History / The Facilities / Other Uses of LL       [NOTE that this brochure was published in 1977 by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and some of this material may …

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Driving to Langmuir Laboratory

See this very large aerial map for a view of the road from Highway 60 to the Main Lab Building, provided by the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. WARNING: The gate at the top of the mountain is usually closed and locked. If you find the gate open and drive through, you are in danger of being …

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Irving Langmuir Biography

Irving Langmuir 1881 – 1957 Nobel Laureate: 1932 Langmuir Laboratory is named in honor of a man whose scientific and technical activities spanned many fields. his first degree was that of Metallurgical Engineer, awarded by the Columbia University School of Mines in 1903. He studied at Göttingen University in Germany under Professor Walther Nernst and, …

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Low Water Use Policy

LANGMUIR LABORATORY SPECIAL POLICY FOR LOW WATER USE   WATER For the past 40 years the Laboratory has pumped water from a spring in Sawmill Canyon, 2000 feet lower in altitude than the Main Building. That system is no longer in use. The only water available for domestic use must be hauled up the mountain …

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Public Law 96-550

TITLE II of the Public Law passed by the 96th Congress to establish the Langmuir Research Site is transcribed below. Other sections of the law not pertinent to Langmuir Laboratory are not included here. PUBLIC LAW 96-550 94 STAT. 3221 December 19, 1980 An Act To designate certain National Forest System lands in the State …

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Special Use Permit

The following Special Use Permit became effective in 1992 and expires in 2011 (see paragraph 29).  It includes by reference an annual Operation and Maintenance Plan (paragraph 23), jointly prepared by Langmuir Laboratory and the Magdalena District Ranger. USDA – Forest ServiceSPECIAL USE PERMIT  Public Law 96-550 This permit is revocable and nontransferable (Ref. FSM …

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Use Policies

LANGMUIR LABORATORY USERS’ GUIDE ALSO SEE SPECIAL WATER-USE POLICY Contents: Research Policy | Use of the Facilities | How to Get There | What to Bring | Fees   Research Policy Langmuir Laboratory is part of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, a state-owned college. The Laboratory was constructed with Federal funds, mainly from …

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