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Charles Richter
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    (April 26, 1900-September 30, 1985)
    Born in Hamilton, Ohio
    Seismologist and physicist
    Earned Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology (1928)
    Inventor of the Richter magnitude scale used for measuring energy released by earthquakes (1935)
    Authored the text 'Elementary Seismology' (1958)
    Died in Pasadena, California at age 85
    Though colleague Beno Gutenberg co-invented the Richter scale, his name is all but forgotten.
    He campaigned (unsuccessfully) for Gutenberg's name to be associated with the Richter scale only AFTER Gutenberg died.
    He bristled every time somebody would link 'magnitude' with 'intensity,' which he insisted were two completely different concepts.
    During his 1970 retirement party from Cal Tech, a parody song about the Richter scale was sung by lab techs which infuriated him.
    In his later years he became a naturalist - aka a nudist.
    He was interested in earthquakes since age six after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
    Other than attending the University of Tokyo from 1959-60 as a Fulbright scholar, he spent his entire career at Cal Tech teaching students seismology.
    He is credited with saving lives as Los Angeles officials listened to him in the 1960s and redesigned several buildings which withstood destruction during a 1971 earthquake.
    To cement his place as the Earthquake King, he installed a seismograph in his living room and would answer quake related questions any hour day or night.
    He was a voracious reader of science fiction and a huge fan of Star Trek.

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