On This Day

Willard Libby

Chemist Willard Libby

Full Name: Willard Frank Libby
Profession: Chemist

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Led the team that developed carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating) that revolutionized archaeology and the dating of artifacts. Winner of the 1962 Nobel prize in Chemistry.

Birthplace: Grand Valley, Colorado, USA

Died: September 8, 1980
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1952-05-18 Professor WF Libby says Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BC
  • 1960-12-10 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

Famous Chemists