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Harold Moore (1878-1972)

1911 Living at 36 Foyle Road, Blackheath: Harold Moore (age 33 born York), Research Metallurgist at Woolwich Arsenal. With his wife Grace Dora Moore (age 27 born Beccles) and their daughter Madeleine Dora Moore (age 1 born Blackheath). One servant. [1]


1921 Shown as H. Moore O.B.E.

1931 Shown as Dr. H. Moore and associated with the Institute of Metals


1934 Biographical Note [2]

DR. HAROLD MOORE, who has just taken office as president of the Institute of Metals, was born in 1878, and began his metallurgical career as a pupil of the late Dr. J. E. Stead.

In 1901 he became research metallurgist at the Parkhead steel works of William Beardmore and Co., Ltd., where his work in connexion with the manufacture and heat-treatment of armour-plate developed his interest in alloy steels. Rapid progress was then being made in the application of nickel-chromium steels for this and other purposes. Later work has shown that some of the methods of heat-treatment then developed empirically must have had the effect of suppressing temper brittleness, a trouble that was not clearly defined until some years later.

In 1904 Dr. Moore joined, as chief metallurgist, the Research Department at Woolwich Arsenal, where he remained for twenty-eight years, from 1919 until 1932, being director of metallurgical research. As chief metallurgical adviser for many years to the War Office and the Ordnance Department of the Admiralty, Dr. Moore had a wide experience of Service problems both on the manufacturing and the applications sides.

In 1922 a research on the casting of brass ingots was undertaken under his direction for the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, and this led to a gradually increasing co-operation between the Association and the Research Department, Woolwich, which undertook work on lead cable sheathing (in the course of which the widely used B.N.F. ternary alloys of lead were developed), electro-deposition of nickel, tin coatings, etc.

In 1932 Dr. Moore accepted the offer of the post of director of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, which had become vacant through the election of Dr. R. S. Hutton as Goldsmith’s professor of metallurgy in the University of Cambridge.


1972 Obituary [3]

The death occurred at the end of August of Dr Harold Moore at the age of 94. In corrosion literature his name is mainly associated with publications, from 1920 onwards, on season-cracking of brass, but his influence on the development of corrosion research was important in many directions.

As Chief Metallurgist and, later, Director of Metallurgical Research at the Research Department, Woolwich, 1904-1932, and Director of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, 1932-1934, he was for long in general control of laboratories making important contributions to research in corrosion and metal finishing. Inevitably, he was also a member of Committees organising collaborative research in the corrosion field.

Dr Moore served as President of the Institute of Metals and became the first President of the Institution of Metallurgists in 1945. His unobtrusive but effective personality will be widely and affectionately remembered and many will recall with gratitude the kindly encouragement he gave to them.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Nature
  3. Maney Online