Willard F. Libby, US chemist

Willard F. Libby, US chemist

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

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Caption: Willard Frank Libby (1908-1980), US chemist. Libby led the team that developed radiocarbon dating using the radioactive isotope carbon-14. This work was carried out at the University of Chicago, USA, in the late 1940s. Radiocarbon dating allows the dating of organic material from the last 60,000 years. Libby received numerous awards for this work, such as the 1960 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and he wrote the book Radiocarbon Dating (1952). Libby also worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, helping to enrich the uranium used in the atomic bombs. Photographed in October 1975 at Gustavus Adolphus College. Libby also attended the October 1970 Nobel Conference, held here.

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