Martin David Kamen (1913-2002) co-discovered carbon-14 in 1940 with Samuel Ruben. In 1944 he was expelled from the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory as a security risk. During his later career he focused on the biochemical processes of photosynthesis. In 1961 he joined the University of California, San Diego Chemistry Department, where he acted as a "founding father" of the new campus.
Obituary for the scientist who was one of the discoverers of the isotope carbon-14 and is also remembered as a victim of Cold War era witch hunts. From the Guardian.
Martin Kamen, 89, a Discoverer of Radioactive Carbon-14, Is Dead
New York Times obituary.
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