Frank Thomas Matthews White (1909–1971) was an Australian mining and metallurgical engineer and mineral science educator. His career included appointments in Australia, Fiji, Malaya, and Canada.
Frank White was born in Northcote, Victoria, Australia, son of Edith (née Matthews) and Frank Kenworthy White,Justice of the Peace, councillor and mayor of the City of Kew, Victoria for two periods: 1932–33 and 1945–1946.
Frank TM White attended Melbourne High School. Awarded a Free Place Scholarship (1927–30), he enrolled in the University of Melbourne to pursue a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering degree B.Met.E., conferred in 1931. He received Mining and Metallurgical Bursaries from 1928 to 1930, and the Students’ Lecture Prize in 1929. In 1936, he earned the Certificate of Competency as Underground Superintendent (WA Mines Regulations Act of 1906). In 1946, he qualified through the British system as a Magistrate, First-Class in the field of mining law. In 1950, he was awarded a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree B.E.(Min) ad eundem gradum, from the University of Queensland. In 1951, he was awarded a Nuffield Foundation Fellowship, and in 1957 a Carnegie Fellowship. A Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS), and Fellow of the Institution of Metallurgists (FIM), he was also a member of other professional societies, including: Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (London), Institution of Mining Engineers (London), Australian Institute of Metals (President 1953), Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Geological Society of Australia, Royal Society of Queensland, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, and Société de l’industrie minérale.