Aubrey K. McClendon, like all controversial figures, galvanized many during his career but his legacy as a pioneer of hydraulic fracturing - even by those who tussled with him - is clear.

McClendon, most recently founder and CEO of American Energy Partners LP (AEP), died March 2 in an auto accident in Oklahoma City a day after being accused of rigging the bidding for leases.

McClendon helped usher in the oil and gas industry’s shale boom years while creating one of the largest U.S. oil- and gas-producing companies, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK). As Raymond James & Associates said, “If there was a Mount Rushmore of the shale revolution, his face deserves to be etched in stone.”

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