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David Gillman Moulton

Birthplace: Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Death: January 25, 1981 (52)
Keystone, Summit County, Colorado, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Gillman Moulton and Isabella Moulton
Husband of Amy Lindsay C Moulton
Father of Private; Private and Rozelle Moulton

Managed by: Annette Marie Collins
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About David Gillman Moulton

In 1922 George and Isabella McCreath marry in Scotland.

On the 11 Dec 1925 George Gillman Moulton departs London on the Ranchi a P&O ship for Bombay. His profession is given as E.T.C.He was accompanied by his wife "Belle".

On the 13th April 1929 Isabella accompanied by her infant son David G Moulton 2 months arrived in Plymouth from Bombay on the Dumana giving their address as 42 Mount Road Streatham Hill London.

On the 31 Jan 1930 Isabella and Davis 1 year embark on the Arlanza for Lisbon. There last address in the UK was Ballantyne Drive in Ayr.

In 1932 George Gillman Moulton and his wife Isabella and child David Gillman Moulton aged two arrived in London from Lisbon on the Andalucia Star which was arriving from Buenos Aires. George is an engineer. Their home address is given as 42 Mount Road Streatham Hill London.

From http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3295

Pioneer olfactory physiologist, founding member of AChemS and ECRO, David Moulton helped to formulate the picture of olfactory system function that more recent work has confirmed. His untimely death in 1981 limited his output but his seminal reviews and multidisciplinary approach to olfactory research set the stage for much that followed.

David Moulton’s knowledge of the olfactory literature, as well as that of other fields, was legendary. He liked to use this documentary ammunition in intellectual argument, sometimes finding evidence for the other side just to prolong the conversation. Legendary too, was his facility and playfulness with language. A pun left unpunned or a clever interpretation missed meant David was off his form. This mental agility and flexibility enabled him to see both sides (or more) of the burning scientific questions of the day, unblinded by dogma, and to plan appropriate experiments.

David Moulton was trained in the UK and worked for most of his scientific career in the US. He did postdoctoral study at Stanford and was a visiting scientist at Florida State University with Lloyd Biedler. In Tallahassee he disputed anatomy and development with Graziadei, physiology with Mozell and Tucker and psychophysics with Jim Smith. After a period at Clark University, Moulton moved to the University of Pennsylvania and the Monell Chemical Senses Center, then part of U of P. Later he left Monell and established, with Jim Snow, the U of P Clinical Smell and Taste Center.

Moulton’s own work spanned a wide range of approaches: early biochemical studies of the olfactory epithelium challenged the accepted view that olfactory pigment was essential for olfactory transduction. His PhD work was on olfactory psychophysics and its continuation in later years with David Marshall and others gave evidence for a two stage sensitivity for some odors and a hormonal influence on sensitivity to others. He was also an early contributor to the study of olfactory receptor cell renewal; directing attention to the question of turnover versus expansion of the population. One of his major interests was spatial and temporal patterns of activity in the olfactory epithelium and bulb. His electrophysiological studies supported Adrian’s proposal that both would be important in discrimination, and led to an amicable but scholarly competition with Mozell to demonstrate the relative importance of “inherent” and “imposed” patterns of odor response in the epithelium.


1928 David Gilman Moulton born Bombay, India. 1954 BSc (hons) Zoology, University of Glasgow, Scotland. 1958 PhD Anatomy, University of Birmingham, England. 1958-63 Thomas Weldon Stanford Scholar, Stanford University. 1960-65 Research Assoc, and visiting Assoc. Prof. Florida State Univ. 1965-69 Associate to Full Professor, Clark University, Worcester MA 1969-81 Assoc. Prof, Uof Penn; Research Physiologist, VA Hospital 1979-81 Executive Chair, U of P Clinical Smell and Taste Center

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November 29, 1928
Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Age 34
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, United States