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Benjamin Theophilus Moore

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Benjamin Theophilus Moore (1851-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

BENJAMIN THEOPHILUS MOORE was born on 3rd January 1830.

Having entered Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1851, he graduated B.A. in January 1856, and in the same year obtained the place of eighth wrangler in the mathematical tripos. Soon afterwards he was elected to a foundation fellowship of the college, which he retained for some years.

In 1856-57 he was mathematical master in the military class at Harrow, and afterwards acted as mathematical master during the illness of the regular master. He next became professor of mathematics for five years at the Staff College, Sandhurst. After wards he was occupied in the practice of civil engineering in connection with various engineers of eminence.

In 1868 he was appointed professor of civil engineering and applied mechanics in University College, London. Among the bock of his authorship was one on mensuration, which seas pronounced to stand alone among works on this subject for careful exactness and completeness of mathematical demonstration.

He devised a current meter for measuring accurately and rapidly the velocity of a stream of water at any depth (Proceedings Inst. C.E., 1876, vol. xlv. page 220); the instrument was made by Messrs. Troughton and Simms, and was supplied to the Indian government, the conservators of the Thames, and others.

The last years of his life were spent in making government ammunition and electric fuses, for the production of which he built two manufactories, one at Dartford in 1880, and the other at Crayford Ness, Erith, in 1889. Among his chief pleasures were the study of astronomy, and working at a fine lathe, at which he was highly expert.

His death took place suddenly from heart disease at his residence, Longwood, Bexley, Kent, on 15th November 1899, in the seventieth year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884, and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

1900 Obituary [2]

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