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date: 06 July 2020

Malina, Frank Josephlocked

(02 October 1912–09 November 1981)
  • John Bluth


Malina, Frank Joseph (02 October 1912–09 November 1981), aeronautical engineer, was born in Brenham, Texas, the son of Czech immigrants Frank Malina, a musician, and Caroline Marek. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1934, Malina received a fellowship from the California Institute of Technology, where he quickly became involved with its Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory (GALCIT). He earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1935 and a second M.S. in aeronautical engineering in 1936. He received a Ph.D. magna cum laude in aeronautics in 1940. In his dissertation he examined the problems of rocket propulsion and sounding rocket flight performance. Malina served as an assistant professor at CIT from 1942 until 1946. He married Marjorie Duckworth, his second wife, in 1949; they had two children....

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