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Ernest Rutherford

New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of chemist and nuclear physics,  succeeded in splitting the atom January 3, 1919. By bombarding nitrogen (N) atoms with alpha particles, he broke down the nucleus of the nitrogen atoms, releasing hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) atoms in the process. As a result he became the first true alchemist.  In early work he discovered …

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Radiocarbon dating

Radiocarbon dating (also referred to as carbon dating or carbon-14 dating) is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon (C-14), a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed by Willard Libby in the late 1940s and soon became a standard tool for archaeologists. Libby received the Nobel Prize for …

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