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John David Caplan

John David Caplan was American automotive company executive, research director. Recipient Crompton-Lanchester medal British Institute Mechanical Engineers, 1964.


  • Caplan, John David was born on March 5, 1926 in Weiser, Idaho, United States. Son of Manley Maurice and Kathleen Malaby (Coldwell) Caplan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 1949. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1955. Graduate advanced management program, Harvard University, 1976.


    • With General Motors Corporation, Detroit, 1949-1987, executive director General Motors Research Laboratories, 1969-1987. Board directors Coordinating Research Council, Inc., president, 1976-1978. Board directors Industrial Research Institute, 1985-1987.


    Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (chairman section P 1980), American Institute Chemical Engineers, Society Automotive Engineers. Member American Chemical Society, Combustion Institute, Directors Industrial Research (president 1981-1982), National Academy Engineering, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau.


    • Married Loris Elizabeth Green, June 21, 1952. Children– Barbara E., Carole E., Nancy B.
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    Born March 5, 1926
    Died April 27, 1998
    (aged 72)
    • 1949
      Oregon State University
    • 1955
      Wayne State University
    • 1976
      Harvard University
    • 1949 - 1987
      With General Motors Corporation
      Detroit, Michigan, United States