David Watson Taylor Edit Profile
Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, 1877-1881. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1885, head of class and excelled highest record ever made there up to that time. Sent to Greenwich in 1885, received highest honors of Royal College, 1888, again making the highest record of any student there up to that time.
Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Stevens Institute, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1907. Doctor of Science, George Washington University, 1915. Doctor of Laws, Randolph-Macon College, 1922, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1924.
Captain United States Navy, March 4, 1901. Promoted to rank of rear admiral, 1917.
Member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engrs.
Married Imogene Maury Morris, October 26, 1892. Children: Dorothy Watson, May Coleman, David Watson, Imogene Morris.
Retired, January 15, 1923. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (United States). Commander Legion of Honor (France).
Vice chairman National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (president 1925-1927), (British) Institution of Naval Architects (honorary vice president 1931). John Fritz Medalist, 1931.
Gold medalist (British) North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders, 1931. Awarded 1st David Watson Taylor Gold Medal (established in his honor) by Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1936. New United States David Watson Taylor Model Basin named in his honor, 1937.