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James M. Moulton papers

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Identifier: MC-116


  • 1940-1982

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Biographical / Historical

James M. Moulton was born July 25, 1921 in West Haven, Connecticut. He received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard, Brown University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Bowdoin College in 1952.

At Bowdoin, Moulton was promoted to full professor in 1965, and in 1977 he was appointed George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of Biology, a post he held until his retirement in 1983. An experimental embryologist and anatomist, Moulton's research and writing were largely in the field of biological oceanography, especially on the sources and distribution of underwater sound in the sea and the hearing and sound production of marine animals. He and Richard H. Dixon were the first to demonstrate unequivocally directional hearing in a fish.

He was a member of numerous biological societies in the United States and Great Britain, and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists, and the Royal Microscopical Society. He was an Associate in Marine Biology at WHOI. He also served on the AAAS Cooperative Committee on teh Teaching of Science and Mathematics, the Education Committee of the American Society of Zoologists and on research proposal evaluating panels for the National Science Foundation.

He died on May 4, 1986 at age 64.

[Adapted from Bowdoin College obituary in Bowdoin News, May 5, 1986]


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