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Frank A. McClintock papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0668

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the career of Frank A. McClnitock, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  • Creation: 1935 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Frank A. McClintock, 1921-2011, was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). McClintock earned his SB and SM degrees from MIT in 1943, and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1950. He was named assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT in 1949 promoted to associate professor in 1955, and full professor in 1959. He retired from the Institute in 1990, becoming a professor emeritus.

McClintock specialized in the melding of applied mechanics and materials science. His professional contributions impacted the understanding of the fracture process in engineering practice, by introducing a physical and mechanistic perspective emphasizing the plasticity aspects of ductile fracture and fatigue crack propagation.

Excerpted from the MIT New Office obituary:


32 Cubic Feet ((32 record cartons) )

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Physical Location

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Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Frank A. McClintock
Preliminary Inventory
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 July 9: Edited by Lana Mason to remove aggrandizing terms in the biographical note description.

Repository Details

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