John Coleman Moore

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John Coleman Moore
Born (1923-05-27)May 27, 1923
Staten Island, New York
Died January 1, 2016(2016-01-01) (aged 92)
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater Brown University
Doctoral advisor George W. Whitehead
Doctoral students Paul Baum
William Browder
Robin Hartshorne
Wu-Yi Hsiang
J. Peter May
Haynes Miller
Michael Rosen
James Stasheff
Richard Swan
Robert Thomason
Known for Borel–Moore homology
Eilenberg–Moore spectral sequence

John Coleman Moore (May 27, 1923 – January 1, 2016) was an American mathematician. The Borel−Moore homology and Eilenberg–Moore spectral sequence are named after him.[1]

Moore was born in 1923 in Staten Island, New York[2] and received his Ph.D. in 1952 from Brown University under the supervision of George W. Whitehead. His most heavily cited paper is on Hopf algebras, co-authored with John Milnor.[3] As a faculty member at Princeton University, he advised 23 students and is the academic ancestor of 582 mathematicians.[4] He was an Invited Speaker at the ICM in 1958[5] in Edinburgh and in 1970 in Nice.

In 1983, a conference on K-theory was held at Princeton in honor of his 60th birthday.[6] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[7] He died in 2016 at the age of 92.[8]


  1. ^ Rusin, Dave (1998), People whose names are embedded in Math Subject Classification . Updated February 2005.
  2. ^ Pamela Kalte et al. American Men and Women of Science, 22. Edition, Thomson Gale 2005
  3. ^ Milnor, John W.; Moore, John C. (1965), "On the structure of Hopf algebras", Annals of Mathematics, 81 (2): 211–264, doi:10.2307/1970615, JSTOR 1970615 .
  4. ^ John Coleman Moore at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ "7 Princetonians at the International Congress of Mathematicians". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 9 May 1958. p. 14. 
  6. ^ Browder, William (1987), Algebraic Topology and Algebraic K-Theory: Proceedings of a Conference, October 24-28, 1983 at Princeton University, Dedicated to John C. Moore on His 60th Birthday, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-08426-2 .
  7. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-02-10.
  8. ^ Kelly, Morgan (2016), John C. Moore, dedicated and influential Princeton mathematician, dies .