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Hugh Kelsea Moore

chemical engineer

Hugh Kelsea Moore, American chemical engineer. Awarded gold medal, American Institute Chem. Served as; member N.H. legislature, 1923-1924; Mason, Elk.


Moore, Hugh Kelsea was born on January 3, 1872 in Andover, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Albert Weston and Sarah Frances (Norton) Moore.


Graduated from the high school, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1891. Student Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1893-1896. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Maine, 1924.


Began with Electro-Chemical Company at Rumford Falls, Maine, 1897. With Moore Electro-Chemical Company and American Electro-Chemical Company until 1903. With Burgess Sulphite Fibre Company (later Brown Company) as chief chemist and chemical engineer, 1903-1934.


  • Author: Incomplete Hydrogenation of Cotton Seed Oil, 1917. Testing of Lubricating Oils, 1917. Chemical Engineering Aspect of Renovating a Sulphite Mill, 1918.

    Analysis of the Explosion Process of Recovering Soda Salts from Black Liquor, 1919. Accident Prevention in the Mill, 1919. Fundamentals of Electrolytic Diaphragm Cells, 1920.

    The Use and Value of Physical and Chemical Constants, 1920. Scientific Facts about Pure and Impure Milk, 1921. The Production of Hydrochloride Acid by Direct Union of Hydrogen and Chlorine, 1922.

    Development of Taxation, 1923. Fundamental Principles of Multiple Effect Evaporative Separation, 1923. Made investigation in evaporation and separation, and in 1929, designed, built and operated a ten-effect multiple effect evaporator.

    Made investigations in refrigeration. Investigations in electrolysis, inventing and patenting the unsubmerged diaphragm cell, 1897, which revolutionized that industry. Invented and patented, 1925-1927, new method of making calcium arsenate.

    Invented and patented, 1913-1915, stationary furnace for recovery of soda content from black liquor. Invented and patented, 1926-1927, a new acid resisting hydraulic cement. Invented and patented, 1932-1934, a new process of converting sodium sulphate into caustic soda and other chemicals.

    Invented and patented, 1934, new metal filter cloth and method of making same. Took out about 45 other patents in the United States with the corresponding foreign patents, relating to pulp making, pulp bleaching, evaporation, continuous process of hydrogenating oil, manufacturing of sodium sulphide, refrigeration, etc. Awarded gold medal, American Institute Chemical Engineers, 1920, “for best contributions to applied science since 1913”.

    Perkin medalist, 1925. Retired from active business 1934.


Served as; member N.H. legislature, 1923-1924. Mason, Elk.


Married Mary Esther Tebbetts, January 1, 1902. Children: Mistress.

Albert Weston Moore

Sarah Frances (Norton) Moore

Mary Esther Tebbetts

Mrs Moore