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Guide to the Papers of Clair C. Patterson, 1937-1995
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This collection documents Clair Patterson (1922-1995), a geochemist at the University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology. Patterson was best known for determining the age of the earth and the solar system, and for his pioneering work on global lead contamination.
Geochemist Clair Patterson is best known for his determination of the age of the Earth and the solar system, and for his pioneering work on global lead contamination. His research affected the work of many other scientists involved in environmental chemistry and geochemistry. His findings brought about a substantial improvement in the quality of human life by initiating government policies to control the amount of lead in the environment and reduce human exposure to lead.
63 linear feet
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