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Thomas Moore, Ph.D.About Thomas Moore, Ph.D.

Archibald Granville Bush Professor of Science

B.S.    Stetson University
M.S.    U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Ph.D.   Institute of Optics, University of Rochester


Professional background

I am a native Floridian and I have been teaching at Rollins since the Fall of 1999. I received my B.S. in physics from Stetson University, an M.S. in nuclear physics from the United States Naval Postgraduate School, and my Ph.D. from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Prior to coming to Rollins, I completed twenty-one years of service in the U.S. Army, where I held positions ranging from commander of a combat arms unit in Europe to research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. My final five years in the Army were spent teaching in the physics department at the United States Military Academy (West Point).

Most of my research before coming to Rollins was in the field of nonlinear optics. Upon my arrival at Rollins, however, I changed research fields and now I concentrate almost exclusively in musical acoustics. My current interests are in the physics of brass instruments and the physics of the piano, but we have also been investigating the physics of several percussion instruments as well as the American five string banjo. My primary emphasis is to include students in all aspects of my research. Follow this link to read more about our research program in musical acoustics.


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Department of Physics
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