Henry Wallace Clark

For North Irish sailor and author, see Wallace Clark.

Henry Wallace Clark (July 27, 1880 - April 7, 1948) was an American consulting engineer, known for popularizing the work of Henry Gantt with his 1922 work "The Gantt chart; a working tool of management".[1][2]

Life and work

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to William Allen Clark and Mary Ann Clark (born Rankin), Clark graduated in 1902 from the University of Cincinnati.[3]

After graduation Clark started his career as assistant manager at the Machine Tool Co. of Cincinnati, and spend one year in the Orient.[3] From 1910 to 1917 he was employed by the Remington Typewriter Company, where he was private secretary to the President.[4] and ended up as office manager. Here Clark met Henry Gantt, who had reorganized the Remington Typewriter factory at Ilion, New York in 1910.[5] From 1919 to 1920 Clark was staff engineer at the H.L. Gantt Company.[6] He became a "disciple of Henry Gantt", who work in the tradition of Frederick Tayler and the Scientific management.[7] In 1920 Clark founded his own management consulting company Wallace Clark & Co. in New York, specialized in international management. It grew with offices London, Berlin Prague, Warsaw, Geneva and Athens.[8] Among his employees was Walter Polakov, who had launching his own consulting company in 1915.

In the 1950s the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) initiated the annual Wallace Clark Medal for distinguished contribution to scientific management in the international field.



Articles, a selection:


  1. Jain, Anant Singh, and Sheik Meeran. "Deterministic job-shop scheduling: Past, present and future." European journal of operational research 113.2 (1999): 390-434.
  2. Koskela, Lauri. An exploration towards a production theory and its application to construction. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2000.
  3. 1 2 Robert Elton King (2000) King family genealogy of Isaac King (1813-1887) & Mary Hankins King (1817-1883) . p. 1286
  4. Walter Jack Duncan (1999) Management: Ideas and Actions. p. 66
  5. Alfred Dupont Chandler (1977) The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business. p. 277
  6. David Shavit (1988) The United States in the Middle East: a historical dictionary. p. 69
  7. Jasmien Van Daele (2010) ILO Histories: Essays on the International Labour Organization and Its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century.. p. 262
  8. Matthias Kipping, Timothy Clark (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting. p. 33

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