Willard Libby Biography

Scientist, Chemist (1908–1980)
Willard Libby was a chemist whose technique of carbon-14 dating provided an extremely valuable tool for a variety of scientists.


While associated with the Manhattan Project (1941–45), Willard Libby helped develop the atomic bomb. Libby began experimenting with carbon-14, radiocarbon, in the late 1930s and discovered that it could be used to determine the age of very old things. In 1947, Libby obtained the first age determination using the carbon-14 dating technique and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1960.

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