Clifford Frondel, prominent descriptive mineralogist, died peacefully in Winchester, Massachusetts on 12 November 2002 at age 95. Frondel was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. He earned a degree in geological engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1929, a Master’s degree from Colombia University in 1936 and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939, under Martin J. Burger.

Frondel become a research associate of Harvard Professor Charles Palache who was engaged in the monumental revision of Dana’s System of Mineralogy. Frondel was a prodigious worker who described 48 new species in...

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