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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 4 (2005) pp 310-316

Radiocarbon Dating: Willard F. Libby (1908–1980) on the 25th Anniversary of His Death

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 1 August 2005

Abstract. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Willard F. Libby (1908–1980), who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his method to use carbon-14 for age determination in archæology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science,” this article recounts his life and achievements with an emphasis on his method of radiocarbon dating.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; biography

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Issue date: August 1, 2005

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