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Carbon dating scientists

Rasmus Nyerup's quote reminds us of the tremendous scientific advances which have taken place in the 20th century.

The archaeologist Colin Renfrew (1973) called it the development of this dating method 'the radiocarbon revolution' in describing its great impact upon the human sciences.

After the war he became very interested in peaceful applications of atomic science.

He and two students first measured the "half-life" of radiocarbon.

Welcome to the K12 section of the Radiocarbon WEBinfo site.

The aim here is to provide clear, understandable information relating to radiocarbon dating for the benefit of K12 students, as well as lay people who are not requiring detailed information about the method of radiocarbon dating itself.

The C14 method has been and continues to be applied and used in many, many different fields including hydrology, atmospheric science, oceanography, geology, palaeoclimatology, archaeology and biomedicine.

All plants and animals on Earth are made principally of carbon.

You can work out that after about 50 000 years of time, all the radiocarbon will have gone.