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Among the artifacts from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute that Prof.

“Scientist Stumbles Upon Method to Fix Age of Earth’s Material” read the headline of an unsigned article on Page 29 of The Times on Sept.

6, 1949, marking the first time that readers learned of radiocarbon dating. Libby, a 40-year-old chemistry professor at the University of Chicago, “stumbled on the technique two years ago when studying cosmic ray action on the atmosphere.” Then it offered a brief explanation of the method, saying that living materials contain radioactive carbon that decays after death at a known rate, and that this rate can be used to determine with great accuracy when a plant or animal died.

One problem is that the amount of cosmic radiation may have changed over time so that sometimes the living matter received a higher or a lower fraction of carbon-14.

In order to surmount this problem, one can try to compare with other dating methods such as the year rings of trees or the layered sediments at the bottom of lakes.

Since most isotopes have the same chemical properties as the corresponding stable element, radioactive isotopes can be used as tracers in biological systems.

Signals from radioactive decay can then, e.g., show the path taken by the stable element through the human body.

This idea worked out and gave George de Hevesy the 1943 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At around the same time Willard Libby realized that the cosmic radiation hitting the atmosphere produces a radioactive isotope of stable carbon designated carbon -14.

Libby describes how he with radio-chemical methods has been able to put a date on matter about 7 500 years old and predicts that he will reach 10 000 years.

Today physicists use accelerators to count the number of radioactive atoms left in the specimen and the limit has been extended to about 50 000 years.

Libby and his team developed a formula to determine the age of the sample based on the amount of carbon 14 left in the specimen.

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