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Biography ~ History of Science

Edwin Lincoln Moseley

- Naturalist, Scientist, Educator

by Relda E. Neiderhofer and Ronald L. Stuckey (Click for author info)

Published by: The Ohio State University College of Biological Sciences. Distributed by: The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company.

$34.95 Hardcover
ISBN 0-9668034-2-6; 978-0-9668034-2-6

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DESCRIPTION:

Edwin Lincoln Moseley was born March 29, 1865 in Union City, Michigan, attended public schools, and graduated at the age of 15. In 1885, he graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, the youngest member of the class of 82 students. He began his teaching career at Central High School in Grand Rapids, MI, and taught science and mathematics. After a University of Michigan scientific expedition to the Philippine Islands for 12 months, Moseley continued to travel widely in China and Japan. In 1889, he was appointed teacher of science at Sandusky High School, in Sandusky, OH, and opened a museum of natural history in the high school. He continued to teach his entire life and published numerous scientific papers, and became nationally known for his accurate long-range weather forecasts.

Until the publication of this book, no book had been written on the life of Edwin Lincoln Moseley (1865-1948). Moseley was probably the most widely known (and the most colorful) member of the original faculty of the Bowling Green Normal School, now Bowling Green State University. He has been recognized for his wide scientific qualification, his popular and numerous field trips, his frugal habits, his financial support of students, and the many legends generated about him--attributes of Moseley that have become the focus of this book.

Unlike most biographies, which are written in a chronological sequence, this book presents Moseley's life by topics, developed in 20 chapters. Information presented is based on writings by people who knew Moseley personally (college presidents, former students, and local friends).