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John Knudsen Northrop

aero. engineer.

John Knudsen Northrop, American aero. engineer. Served in Signal corpus, United States army, 1918.; Fellow American Institute Aeronautics an Astronautics (president 1948), Royal Aero. Society Designer. Lockheed Vega, 1927.

Background

Northrop, John Knudsen was born on November 10, 1895 in Newark. Son of Charles Wheeler and Helen C. (Knudsen) Northrop.

Education

Educational public schools, Santa Barbara, California.

Career

; children—Bette (Mistress Paul G. Johansing), John H., Ynez S. (Mistress Robert W. Koch). Married Margaret Bateman, December 23, 1950. Designer Loughead Aircraft Company, Santa Barbara, 1916-1917, 19-20.

Designer, project engineer Douglas Aircraft, Santa Monica, California, 1923-1926. Co-founder Lockheed Aircraft, Los Angeles, 1927, chief engineer, 1927-1928. Vice president, chief engineer Northrop Aircraft Company div.

United Aircraft, Burbank, California, 1929-1931, The Northrop Corporation (later El Segundo div., Douglas Aircraft), 1932-1937. Director Douglas Aircraft, 1934-1937. Co-founder, president, director Northrop Aircraft, Inc., Hawthorne, California, 1939-1952.

Engineering consultant, 1953-1981. Honorary life trustee Occidental College. Trustee Northrop Institute Technology.

Membership

Served in Signal corpus, United States army, 1918. Fellow American Institute Aeronautics an Astronautics (president 1948), Royal Aero. Society Designer. Lockheed Vega, 1927.

Connections

Married Inez M. Harmer, January 30, 1918 (divorced 1948).; married Margaret Bateman, December 23, 1950. Children: Bette (Mistress.

father:
Charles Wheeler Northrop

mother:
Helen C. (Knudsen) Northrop

spouses:
Inez M. Harmer

Margaret Bateman

child:
Bette (Mrs Northrop