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Moore, Richard Bishoplocked

(06 May 1871–20 January 1931)
  • Lawrence Badash


Moore, Richard Bishop (06 May 1871–20 January 1931), chemist, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of William Thomas Moore, a minister of the Disciples of Christ, and Mary (maiden name unknown). In 1878 Moore’s parents moved to England, where Richard received the greater part of his education. He studied at University College, London, under William Ramsay, the discoverer of several inert gases, from 1886 to 1890. He became a chemistry instructor in a high school and then at Birkbeck Institute, London, until 1893. After two years of study in the British Museum, Moore returned to the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree in a year from the University of Chicago (1896). He remained at Chicago as an assistant for another year and from 1897 to 1905 was a chemistry instructor at the University of Missouri, where he conducted his first experiments on radioactivity. In 1902 he married Callie Pemberton of Auxvasse, Missouri....

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