Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Willard

Willard Frank LibbyToday in 1908, in Grand Valley, Colorado, Willard Frank Libby was born.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1960 for leading the team that developed radiocarbon dating process - carbon-14 - which revolutionized archeology by allowing us to finally know how old things were. Further refinements, using other elements (such as uranium-lead, for instance), have substantially increased our knowledge of the age of the world and the things in it.

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