David P. Kendall was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and spent most of his life in upstate New York. He obtained a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For 29 yr, he served as a Senior Research Engineer at U.S. Army Benet Laboratories, living in Troy with his wife Barbara and their children Walter, William, Wayne, and Wendy. David made major, wide-ranging technical contributions in the general field of engineering mechanics.

This breadth is illustrated by his unstinting, voluntary contributions to numerous professional societies. These include: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers in various areas of high pressure engineering; The American Society for Testing and Materials and The Society for Experimental Mechanics in the general area of fracture mechanics; and various professional societies in the area of high pressure physics. He was the chairman of the American Society of...

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