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Mechanical engineering educator

David Gordon Wilson, British mechanical engineering educator. Recipient T. Bernard Hall prize Institute Mechanical Engineers, 1954, Lord Weir 1st prize Institute Mechanical Engineers, 1955, Industrial Research International Rectifier -100 award, 1974, Reclamation Industries International prize, 1974; Power-Jets-School scholar, 1954; Commonwealth Fund fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, 1955-1957.


Wilson, David Gordon was born on February 11, 1928 in Sutton Coldfield, Warwick., England. Son of William and Florence Ida (Boulton) Wilson.


Postgraduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, 1957. Bachelor of Science with honors, University Birmingham, United Kingdom, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, University Nottingham, United Kingdom, 1953.


Brush fellow, research assistant Nottingham University, 1950-1953. Ship's 7th engineer officer Donaldson Line, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1953. Engineer Brush Electrical Engineering Limited company, United Kingdom, 1953-1955.

Senior gas-turbine designer Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 1957-1958. Senior lecturer, mechanical engineering University Ibadan, Zaria, Nigeria, 1958-1960. Vice president, technical director Northern Research and Engineering Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, also United Kingdom, 1960-1966.

Associate professor mechanical engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966-1971, professor, 1971-1994. Professor emeritus, since 1994. Co-founder, chief science officer, president Wilson TurboPower, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts, 2001—2009.

Visiting engineer, Boeing Airplane Company, 1956-1957. Visiting fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, 1955-1956. Consultant, lecturer in field.



  • Other Interests

    Avocations: human power, biking, hiking, tennis, music.


Married Anne Ware Sears, July 18, 1963 (divorced May 1988). Children: John Bachelor of Medicine, Erica Sears. Married Ellen Cecilia Warner, December 30, 1988.

1 child, Susan Speck.

William Wilson

Florence Ida (Boulton) Wilson

Anne Ware Sears

Ellen Cecilia Warner

John Bachelor of Medicine Wilson

Erica Sears Wilson

Susan Speck Wilson