Robert L. Coble

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Robert L. Coble (1928 – August 27, 1992) was an American ceramic scientist, notable for his discovery of Coble creep, the effect that carries his name, and for his invention of Lucalox. [1] [2] [3] Coble was a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[2][4] The National Academy of Engineering said that Coble was "widely recognized for his contributions to the theory of sintering of materials and to ceramic processing".[2] Coble received Humboldt Research Award in 1984.[2] The American Ceramic Society established an award in Coble's name: Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars.[5]


Coble was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bethany College (1950) and received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1955). After graduation from MIT, Coble worked as a researcher at the General Electric Research Laboratory. He Joined MIT faculty in 1960, and became a full professor at MIT in 1969. Coble retired in 1988 and died by drowning in 1992.

Death by drowning[edit]

Coble drowned off the coast of the island of Maui in Hawaii on August 27, 1992.[1]