Albert F. Shore

Albert F. Shore

Albert Ferdinand Shore (September 4, 1876 – January 17, 1936) was born in New York City, and was an American metallurgist. Shore was the Founder, President, Treasurer, and Director of the Shore Instrument and Manufacturing Company, Inc. of New York City. The Shore Instrument Co. was located in the Jamaica area of New York City. In 1908, Shore developed the scleroscope which was the first device to measure durometer. His name became synonymous with the device and today, the readings of the scleroscope (or the Durometer as some erroneously refer to the device) are specified in Shore. In 1915, Shore invented the first quadrant type durometer to measure the hardness of polymers and other elastomers.

Shore was succeeded by his son Fred Shore, who was responsible for introducing a round style durometer in 1941. The family eventually lost control of the company and after a number of owners it became a part of The Instron Corporation in 1995.

Shore died at the age of 60 on January 17, 1936 at Wickersham Hospital in Manhattan of a stroke. He was buried in Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery in North Amityville, New York.

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