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In 1940 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben at the University of California, Berkeley Radiation Laboratory did just that.They found a form, isotope, of Carbon that contained 8 neutrons and 6 protons.Carbon-14 is constantly be generated in the atmosphere and cycled through the carbon and nitrogen cycles.Once an organism is decoupled from these cycles (i.e., death), then the carbon-14 decays until essentially gone.

Radiocarbon dating (usually referred to simply as carbon-14 dating) is a radiometric dating method.

It uses the naturally occurring radioisotope carbon-14 (14C) to estimate the age of carbon-bearing materials up to about 58,000 to 62,000 years old. Carbon-14 has a relatively short half-life of 5,730 years, meaning that the fraction of carbon-14 in a sample is halved over the course of 5,730 years due to radioactive decay to nitrogen-14.

The carbon-14 isotope would vanish from Earth's atmosphere in less than a million years were it not for the constant influx of cosmic rays interacting with molecules of nitrogen (NFigure 1: Diagram of the formation of carbon-14 (forward), the decay of carbon-14 (reverse).

Libby estimated that the steady-state radioactivity concentration of exchangeable carbon-14 would be about 14 disintegrations per minute (dpm) per gram.

In 1960, Libby was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for this work.