Alex McKale

Alex McKale

Physics Instructor

B.A., Swarthmore College
M.S., Ph.D., Northwestern University

Dr. McKale earned his B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Experimental Solid State Physics from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, his research included the application and improvement of EXAFS in fields including nuclear waste disposal, ceramics and high temperature superconductors.

Dr. McKale subsequently was lured to Silicon Valley with promises of roads paved with gold. He has stayed here despite the reality of asphalt highways and has worked in the field of software development of tools, community, and middle school science curriculum. He most recently was an Advanced Technology Champion at Hewlett Packard.

Dr. McKale joined the OHS in 2011 and teaches AP Physics C and Honors Physics.


Improved ab initio calculations of amplitude and phase functions for extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, A. G. McKale, B. W. Veal, A. P. Paulikas, S. K. Chan, G. S. Knapp, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1988, 110 (12), pp 3763–3768.

Practical method for full curved-wave theory analysis of experimental extended x-ray-absorption fine structure, A. G. McKale, G. S. Knapp, and S.-K. Chan, Phys. Rev. B 33, 841–846 (1986).

Heat capacity of superconducting La1.85Sr0.15CuO4, B. D. Dunlap, M. V. Nevitt, M. Slaski, T. E. Klippert, Z. Sungaila, A. G. McKale, D. W. Capone, R. B. Poeppel, and B. K. Flandermeyer, Phys. Rev. B 35, 7210–7212 (1987).

Temperature dependence of YBa2Cu3O7-x local structure: A perturbed-angular-correlation study, John A. Gardner, H. T. Su, A. G. McKale, S. S. Kao, and L. L. Peng 

Phys. Rev. B 38, 11317–11321 (1988).