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Moehlman, Arthur Henry (1907–1978)

Amanda Oren Biography Entry

Arthur Henry Moehlman, philosopher and historian, was born on February 19, 1907, in Rochester, New York, the son of Conrad Henry and Bertha (Young) Moehlman. His father was a church historian, and his uncles were teachers and editors. He attended the University of Rochester, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1928. In 1928–29 he studied at the University of Basel as an international fellow. He received his master of arts degree in 1930 from the University of Michigan, where he completed his Ph.D. in history and social science in 1932. In 1933 he married Marguerite Richebourg; they had four children. In 1930 he became an instructor in history at the University of Michigan. From 1932 to 1941 he taught at Ohio State University. Moehlman served with distinction in the United States Army from 1941 to 1946, as an intelligence officer and chief of logistics and administration directing research on Japanese and German logistics. After graduating from Command and General Staff College in 1945, he attended the Potsdam Conference as a demobilization representative. He taught at the University of Iowa from 1946 to 1954. After World War II he continued in the army reserve and achieved the rank of colonel. He taught as a visiting research professor at the Sorbonne, in Paris, in 1951–52. In 1954 he was hired by the University of Texas as a professor of history and philosophy. During his time at UT, he served as a Fulbright professor of American Studies in Göttingen, West Germany, and as a cultural attaché to the American embassy in Bonn, West Germany, from 1962 to 1964. He also was organizer and director of the Center for History of Education, as well as pioneer in the use of television and computers for instruction in the humanities and social sciences. He published Comparative Education (1951), Comparative Educational Systems (1963), and A Guide to Computer Assisted Research in American Education (1969) and edited A History of Our Times (1938). He worked with the Texas Education Agency on teaching college courses through the use of television. By the time of his retirement from the University of Texas on May 21, 1977, Moehlman was well known as an expert on educational systems. He was recognized with a resolution by the Texas Senate in May 1977. He died on February 8, 1978, in Austin.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


  • Education
  • Educators
  • Social Sciences

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Amanda Oren, “Moehlman, Arthur Henry,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 21, 2021,

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