His father was a minister of religion, Rev. Joseph Blackman.
Victoria Boys' High School, Grahamstown, South Africa; Rhodes University College, Grahamstown; University of Göttingen, University of London and University of Cambridge. MSc (SA) 1930; DPhil (Göttingen) 1933; PhD (Imperial College London) 1936; PhD (Cantab) 1938.
He spent his entire career from 1935 at Imperial College, London except during World War II. He was a member of the British Committee on Atomic Energy, 1940–41, and did scientific work for the Ministry of Home Security, 1942-45.
He was a member of the International Commission on Electron Diffraction, 1957–66, and a member of the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Board, Ministry of Power, 1963-74.
- Pashley, Donald William (1987). "Moses Blackman. 6 December 1908-3 June 1983". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 33: 48–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1987.0003. JSTOR 769946.
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