John Coleman Moore

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.

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