Named as “one of the 128 most important, influential, innovative and interesting thinkers on education of all time” (The Routledge Encyclopedia of Educational Thinkers, 2016), Michael G. Moore is internationally recognized for establishing the scholarly study of distance education and for pioneering the practice of teaching online. As a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the early 1980’s he designed and taught the nation’s first graduate courses in distance education. In 1984 he proposed and help plan the national conference on distance education and gave the keynote address at the first event the following year. After joining the College of Education at Penn State he established The American Centre for Study of Distance Education, and the first American research journal (The American Journal of Distance Education). Retired from teaching, he remains active as a consultant to governments and international agencies, as invited speaker, author and editor.