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Richter, Charles Francis

David A. Valone.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Volcanology and Seismology; Engineering and Technology. 1162 words.

Richter, Charles Francis (26 April 1900–30 September 1985), seismologist and inventor of the magnitude scale for measuring earthquakes, was born Charles Francis Kinsinger on a farm near...