Agency history, 1962-1986

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  • Long, Austin
  • Sigalove, Joel J
  • Stuckenrath, Robert
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Division of Radiation and Organisms
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


Agency History


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  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • The Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory was established in the Division of Radiation and Organisms, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in September 1962. The function of the Laboratory was to analyze samples of archeological and geological interest submitted by Smithsonian and outside researchers. The Laboratory also conducted basic research in the techniques of dating by the use of the carbon-14 method. Joel J. Sigalove, a geochemist, directed the Laboratory during its first year of operations. Austin Long was appointed Geochemist in 1963 and put in charge of the carbon dating work. Long resigned in 1968 and was replaced by Robert Stuckenrath, who directed the Laboratory with the title of Anthropologist. Stuckenrath remained in the position until carbon dating work ceased when the Rockville laboratory of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center closed in November 1986.
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Repository Loc.

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  • 1962
  • 1962-1986


  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Laboratories
  • Research


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00228

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