Willard Libby

Chemist Willard Libby Full Name: Willard Libby [Willard Frank Libby]

United States of America

Profession: Chemist
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.

Born: December 17, 1908
Birthplace: Grand Valley, Colorado, USA
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: September 8, 1980 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events in the Life of Willard Libby

  • 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).

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