Willard Frank Libby

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Willard Frank Libby was born in Grand Valley, Colorado back in 1908 to Ora and Eva.  When he was five the family moved to Santa Rosa, California where he graduated from Analy High School in 1926.  He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley receiving his B.S. in 1931 and his Ph.D. in 1933.

On December 8, 1941 he volunteered his services to Harold Urey, he travelled to Columbia University to work on the Manhattan Project.  After the war he accepted an offer from the University of Chicago to work in the Chemistry Department at the new Institute for Nuclear Studies.  In 1972, he started the first Environmental Engineering program at UCLA where he stayed until his retirement in 1976, he died in 1980, he was 71.

What you may not know about Willard is that he is noted for the development of radiocarbon dating which revolutionized archaeology and palaeontology winning him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Comments (14)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James, 

Archaeologists may not know his name but I bet they are thankful everytime his discovery is used on artifacts.

May 31, 2021 03:37 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

At least he stayed with an "Age old subject!"

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 31, 2021 05:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... while what happens in archeological digs might escape me, I can see what this man contributed to those who spend their lives on digs and discovery.

May 31, 2021 05:05 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - another person who was not just steps ahead of me in many ways but major leaps.  Mr. Libby amassed an impressive list of achievements.

May 31, 2021 05:08 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, this sounds like someone that my friend who is a geologist would know of and perhaps even admire for his work.

May 31, 2021 05:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. 

Take care, be safe and have a very special Memorial Day.

May 31, 2021 08:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story and achievement by Mr. Libby.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful day and a great June. A

May 31, 2021 09:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is really an amazing science.  He is an unsong hero.

May 31, 2021 09:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wow James- radiocarbon dating is a remarkable discovery. 

May 31, 2021 10:30 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

For some reason, this seems to be something I remember.  

May 31, 2021 01:27 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a well deserved Nobel prize. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

May 31, 2021 06:58 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I got nothing good to say about carbon dating James Dray BUT I am hoping that my daughter Tina will have occassion to use it soon as she is going on a dinosaur dig in Montana in 3 weeks.

May 31, 2021 07:20 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I do remember about the Carbon Dating, but had no idea he discovered it, Endre

Jun 01, 2021 10:38 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Willard Frank Libby won a Noble Prize in a subject in which I did not do well in school.

Oct 20, 2021 01:31 PM