Everything You Need To Know About Willard Libby

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Something You Don't Need To Know, But Might Make You Sit Up At Night

When Libby was on the AEC, he was known as a major downplayer of the risks of radiation and nuclear fallout. He even went toe to toe with Nobel Prize winners Linus Pauling and Albert Schweitzer about a report that stated that the typical nuclear test explosion could cause as many as 1,000 additional leukemia deaths due to increased strontium. His response: you were more likely to get sick from a glow-in-the-dark watch!

Also, his wife forever condemned him as a "lousy" bridge player in a TIME magazine article.

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