Frank E. Marble Papers
Scope and Contents
- 1928-2007, bulk 1946-1995
- Marble, Frank E. (Frank Earl) (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Frank Earl Marble was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 1918. He earned both his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1940), and M.S. in Applied Mathematics (1942) from the Case School of Applied Science. In 1946, after earning a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Research Council, he and his wife Ora Lee moved to Pasadena to pursue his PhD in Aeronautics and Mathematics at Caltech. Despite his original intention of staying at Caltech for two years, Marble remained as faculty until his retirement in 1989. After his formal retirement, his research continued while holding the status of Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor, Emeritus until his passing in 2014.
Marble's career in mechanical engineering and jet propulsion spanned for over fifty years. During WWII, he worked with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), where he managed projects to address engine cooling issues for the Martin Marauder B-26 bomber and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. After earning his PhD in 1948, Marble joined the GALCIT faculty, where he made pioneering contributions to his field in the areas of combustion in jet propulsion systems and propagation of acoustic flames. During his time at Caltech, Marble worked with Caltech notables Theodore von Karman, Frank Malina, William Duncan Rannie, and Hsue-Shen Tsien. He also served as an elected member in the National Academy of Engineering, and in 1989 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
The transcript for the Caltech oral history interview with Frank Marble can be found at Caltech Archives Oral Histories.
16.68 linear feet (40 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Frank E. Marble Papers are housed in 40 archival boxes. The papers are divided into five series, with four series containing subseries: 1. Correspondence and Personal/Biographical; 2. Research Notes and Calculations; 3. Writings and Talks; 4. California Institute of Technology; 5. Photographs and Slides
Series 1: Correspondence and Personal/Biographical has been divided into four subseries. Subseries 1: People and Institutions contains correspondence files with various individuals and institutions, according to original/alphabetical order. Marble’s files were either separated by last name or university/institution name. Subseries 2: Subject/Topical are also in alphabetical order and include various files organized by subject or topic including journals, committees, recommendations, and general unsorted correspondence. Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Chronological contains portions that were labeled Frank Marble correspondence and are in original and chronological order. Subseries 4: Personal/Biographical contains news clippings and other personal materials.
Series 2: Research Notes and Calculations has been divided into two subseries. Subseries 1: Case School for Applied Science and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) contains notes from his undergraduate and graduate thesis, and also technical notes from NACA, organized into chronological order. Subseries 2: California Institute of Technology (Caltech) contains PhD drafts, notebooks, and various notes and calculations organized in chronological order.
Series 3: Writings and Talks is divided into two subseries. Subseries 1: Writings and Publications contains mathematical reviews, journal article drafts, reports, and publications, arranged in chronological order. Subseries 2: Talks contains notes from conferences and lectures arranged in chronological order.
Series 4: Caltech is divided into three subseries. Subseries 1: Teaching Lecture Notes and Resources contains teaching materials such as lecture notes and class outlines in chronological order. It also contains various published resources. Subseries 2: Tsien, Hsue-Shen Papers contains the files which belonged to Tsien, and include correspondence, writings, and technical notes. Arranged in alphabetical order. Subseries 3: Administrative and Associate Files contains Marble’s assorted administrative files and files that belonged to or are associated with his Caltech associates, such as Theodore von Karman, William Duncan Rannie, and Dorothy Eckerman.
Series 5: Photographs and Slides contain photographs of Frank Marble, GALCIT students and faculty, and photographic slides from lectures, and are arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Aeronautical engineers Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Aeronautics Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- California Institute of Technology
- California Institute of Technology -- Alumni and alumnae Subject Source: Local sources
- Engineering Subject Source: Local sources
- Manuscript Collection Subject Source: Local sources
- Finding Aid for the Frank Earl Marble Papers, 1928-2007, bulk 1946-1995
- Penelope Neder and Mariella Soprano
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