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Stanford Moore

Stanford MooreStanford Moore (1913–1982), B.A. 1935

Moore was born in Chicago but grew up in Nashville, where his father was a member of the Vanderbilt Law School faculty. He attended the Peabody Demonstration School and in 1935 graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1938.

Moore then joined the staff of the Rockefeller Institute, later Rockefeller University, where he spent his entire professional career with the exception of a period of government service during World War II. He became professor of biochemistry in 1952. In 1968, he was a visiting professor of health sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Moore shared a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1972 with Christian B. Anfinsen and William Howard Stein for work done at Rockefeller University on the structure of the enzyme ribonuclease and for contributing to the understanding of the connection between the chemical structure and catalytic activity of the ribonuclease molecule.