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Willard Libby
Born Willard Frank Libby
(1908-12-17)December 17, 1908
Grand Valley, Colorado
Died September 8, 1980(1980-09-08) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Fields Radioactivity

University of California
SAM Laboratories
University of Chicago
University of California, Los Angeles

Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Radioactivity of ordinary elements, especially samarium and neodymium: method of detection (1933)
Doctoral advisor Wendell Mitchell Latimer
Doctoral students Maurice Sanford Fox
Frank Sherwood Rowland
Known for Radiocarbon dating
Notable awards

Elliott Cresson Medal (1957)
Willard Gibbs Award (1958)
Priestley Medal (1959)
Albert Einstein Award (1959)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1960)
Arthur L. Day Medal (1961)

The future of the world, dependent as it is upon atomic energy, requires more understanding and knowledge about the atom.
Willard Libby
Most achievements in science are to a certain degree group efforts.
You honor me greatly and beyond my ability as an individual but in so doing you honor my colleagues also who made possible the results you have cited.
Willard Libby
We hope that this honor you have done us will bring the time of further realization of these benefits closer and will help all mankind to live better and be happier through the atom and isotopes.
Willard Libby
And yet the Nobel Prizes, in singling out individuals, have done a great deal of good in pointing up to the world as a whole and setting forth clearly goals for achievement.
Willard Libby
True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual, but the establishment of the reality and truth is in general the work of more than one person.
Willard Libby