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John David Caplan

research director , automotive company executive

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.


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.