Helen Vaughn Michel

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Helen Vaughn Michel
Born 1932
Nationality American
Fields Nuclear Chemistry
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley, Indiana University

Helen Vaughn Michel (born 1932) is an American chemist best known for her efforts in fields including analytical chemistry and archaeological science, and specific processes such as neutron activation analysis and radiocarbon dating. Her work with Frank Asaro at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California (Berkeley) is particularly noteworthy as it includes the dating of Drake's Plate of Brass as well as the Alvarez hypothesis, the hypothesis that posits the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.[1]

Michel retired from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1990.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wayne, Tiffany (2011). American Women of Science Since 1900 / Vol. 1, Essays, A-H. ABC-CLIO. pp. 688–689. ISBN 1598841580.