Libby, Willard Frank (1908–1980)
American chemist awarded the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering
the technique of radiocarbon dating (1947). Libby worked (1941–45)
in the war research department at Columbia University, New York, on the
separation of isotopes for teh atom bomb.
This work led to his interest in nuclear physics and to his development
of radioactive carbon-14 dating. He is the author of Radiocarbon Dating.