Founding Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies, Dr. Carleton B. Moore, has been inducted into the Mineralogical Society of Arizona's Hall of Fame! This award recognizes, among other things, Dr. Moore's many contributions to education and public outreach through presentations to schools and clubs in Arizona (Photo: Dr. Carleton B. Moore hosts the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies booth at the Sedona Gem & Mineral Club Annual Show. Image credit: ASU/CMS).
Dr. Moore was editor of the journal Meteoritics for 20 years. He was a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team for the Apollo program, and a principal investigator for the returned lunar sample program for all the Apollo missions. Dr. Moore’s research efforts have focused on the geochemistry of meteorites, lunar samples and analytical geochemical problems. Additional research interests have taken advantage of the great statistical depth present in the Center for Meteorite Studies collections, including statistical studies of meteorite compositions and homogeneity, the origin of the low calcium achondrites, trace elements in iron meteorites, and high- and low-temperature phases, including organic compounds, in carbonaceous chondrites.
Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1960, and served as Founding Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies for over 40 years. In 2011, on the occasion of the Center's 50th anniversary, the ASU meteorite collection – the largest university meteorite collection in the world – was officially named the Carleton B. Moore Meteorite Collection
(Photo: Dr. Carleton B. Moore at work in the early days of the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies. Image credit: ASU/CMS).