He was born in Alhambra, California. After receiving a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Dalrymple went to work at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. In 1994 he left the USGS to accept a position at Oregon State University, where he served on the faculty until retiring in 2001. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Dalrymple, Brent (1994). The Age of the Earth. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2331-1.
- Dalrymple, Brent (2004). Ancient Earth, ancient skies: the age of Earth and its cosmic surroundings. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4933-7.
- Allan, Cox; Richard R. Doell and G. Brent Dalrymple (15 June 1963). "Geomagnetic Polarity Epochs and Pleistocene Geochronometry". Nature 198 (4885): 1049–1051. doi:10.1038/1981049a0.
- Lubick, Naomi (April 2005). "G. Brent Dalrymple: Deep time in a tarpaper shack". Geotimes. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- National Science Foundation - The President's National Medal of Science
- "NCSE Supporter Dalrymple receives National Medal of Science". National Center for Science Education. February 16, 2005. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
- American Geophysical Union (includes photo)
- A Natural History of Time by Brent Dalrymple
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