Collected Papers; Volumes V & VI, Solar System Physics & Chemistry and Papers for the Public

Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA: Geo Science Analytical, Inc. and University of California at Los Angeles, 1981. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. Various paginations (approximately 1.5 inches thick). Footnotes. Figures. Tables. References. Ex-Los Alamos National Laboratory library with usual library markings. This collection of W. F. Libby's papers contains those on Solar System Physics and Chemistry, and Papers for the Public. Among the topics addressed include: Jupiter's Radio Emission, Free Radicals, Ice Caps on Venus, Jupiter Decametric Radiation, Solar Wind, Vegetative Life on Venus, Meteorite Carbon, Planetary Atmospheres, Radioactive Fallout, Astronauts, and Radioisotopes. Willard Frank Libby (December 17, 1908 – September 8, 1980) was an American physical chemist noted for his role in the 1949 development of radiocarbon dating, a process which revolutionized archaeology and paleontology. For his contributions to the team that developed this process, Libby was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1960. A 1931 chemistry graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, from which he received his doctorate in 1933, he studied radioactive elements and developed sensitive Geiger counters to measure weak natural and artificial radioactivity. During World War II he worked in the Manhattan Project's Substitute Alloy Materials (SAM) Laboratories at Columbia University, developing the gaseous diffusion process for uranium enrichment. After the war, Libby accepted professorship at the University of Chicago's Institute for Nuclear Studies, where he developed the technique for dating organic compounds using carbon-14. He also discovered that tritium similarly could be used for dating water, and therefore wine. In 1950, he became a member of the General Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). He was appointed a commissioner in 1954, becoming its sole scientist. He sided with Edward Teller on pursuing a crash program to develop the hydrogen bomb, participated in the Atoms for Peace program, and defended the administration's atmospheric nuclear testing. Libby resigned from the AEC in 1959 to become Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a position he held until his retirement in 1976. In 1962, he became the Director of the University of California statewide Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). Condition: Good.

Keywords: Jupiter's Radio Emission, Free Radicals, Ice Caps on Venus, Jupiter Decametric Radiation, Solar Wind, Vegetative Life on Venus, Meteorite Carbon, and Planetary Atmospheres, Radioactive Fallout, Astronauts, Radioisotopes

ISBN: 0941054055

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