John Ellis Van Courtland Moon, PhD

Title: Historian (Retired)
Location:  Brookline, Massachusetts, United States 

John Ellis Van Courtland Moon, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and history.

Dr. Moon is a highly regarded expert in academia for his immense knowledge of arms control, biological weapons and war history. However, it is not just because of the extensive information that he possesses that he is recognized in this area; it is because he helped others to understand the pathology of history in order to contribute to sanity in the world. Dr. Moon feels he has been successful in his career due to his open mind, willingness to listen to others and his hard work. He concluded his career in 1993 after dedicating 40 years to higher education. Notably, he taught at Fitchburg State College, Boston State College, Boston University and Merrimack College. He was also a visiting professor for Kings College and the University of London.

In addition to education, Dr. Moon is known as a published author and historian.  He wrote “Confines of Concept: An American Strategy in World War II” and a manuscript entitled “History of the American Biological Warfare Program.” He co-edited “Biological and Toxin Weapons: Research, Development and Use from the Middle Ages to 1945,” and contributed countless articles to professional journals. Dr. Moon notes that his own education has played a big role in his accomplishments. He earned a PhD in American civilization in 1968, a Master of Arts in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 1953 and a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard University in 1952. In his retirement, Dr. Moon continues to study history as it is his personal passion. He plans to do so in the future while also indulging in his hobbies of book collecting, trekking and travel.

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