Richard B. Frankel

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Richard B. Frankel is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He is noted for his research on magnetotaxis and biomineralization of magnetic iron minerals in general and magnetotactic bacteria in particular. His expertise in the latter was prominently discussed in Stephen Jay Gould's The Panda's Thumb (1980 Chapter 30). He is a graduate of the University of Missouri (1961) and took a PhD from Berkeley (1965). Much of his career was spent at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining Cal Poly in 1988.[1][2][3][4]

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.[5]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Altenbach, A. V., In Bernhard, J. M., & In Seckbach, J. (2012). Anoxia: Evidence for eukaryote survival and paleontological strategies. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  2. ^ Cal Poly:Richard B. Frankel (Faculty page) (Accessed March 2013)
  3. ^ Cal Poly:Richard B. Frankel (CV hosted by Cal Poly) (Accessed March 2013)
  4. ^ Gould, Stephen Jay (1980) The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural, W. W. Norton & Company
  5. ^ American Physical Society: Forum on Physics and Society (2012) - (Includes evidence of Fellow status) (Accessed March 2013)

Other sources[edit]

  • Fisher, Arthur (April 1980). "The magnetism of a shared facility" (PDF). MOSAIC. National Science Foundation. 11 (2): 45. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  • Mielczarek, Eugene Vorburger; Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (2000). Iron, Nature's Universal Element: Why People Need Iron & Animals Make Magnets. Rutgers University Press. pp. 49–63. ISBN 9780813528311.