Ernest Kirkendall

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Ernest Kirkendall
Born (1914-07-06)July 6, 1914
East Jordan, Michigan, USA
Died August 22, 2005(2005-08-22) (aged 91)
Alexandria, Virginia
Nationality American
Fields Metallurgy
Alma mater Wayne State University
University of Michigan
Known for Kirkendall effect

Ernest Oliver Kirkendall (July 6, 1914 – August 22, 2005[1][2]) was an American chemist and metallurgist. He is known for his 1947 discovery of the Kirkendall effect.

Life and works

He was raised in Highland Park, Michigan and received his bachelor's from Wayne State University. His master's and PhD came from the University of Michigan, but he returned to Wayne to teach chemical engineering. In 1984 he was inducted into the College of Engineering's Hall of Fame. He died in a nursing home in Alexandria, Virginia.


  1. Kalte, Pamela M.; Nemeh, Katherine H., eds. (2003). American Men & Women of Science (21st ed.). Detroit: Thomson/Gale. p. 370. ISBN 0-7876-6527-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Wayne State University obituary

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