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Markham, John R., 1895-1971



  • Existence: 1895 July 23 - 1971 December 12

Biographical Note

John Raymond Markham, 1895-1971, was professor emeritus of aeronautical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was a member of the MIT Class of 1918, though he did not complete his studies in mechanical enfineering.1 He joined the Department of Aeronautical Engineering (later Aeronautics and Astronautics) as a research associate from 1921 to 1930. During that time, he directed the construction of the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.2 In 1930, Markham joined the faculty as an associate professor then was later promoted to associate professor in 1940 and full professor seven years later. From 1949 to 1961, he was director of the Naval Supersonic Laboratory. He retired in 1961 and was granted emeritus status.

1. New York Times, "John R. Markham, M. I. T. Professor," December 13, 1971.

2. Ibid.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0144
Scope and Contents of the Collection The records of MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel document the construction and use of MIT wind tunnel facilities, 1914-1963. The collection consists primarily of aerodynamic research reports of wind tunnel tests performed for commercial aircraft manufacturers, the U.S. War Department, and private firms. The reports document wind tunnel tests conducted at MIT on scale models and parts for commercial aircraft manufacturers, 1916-1937, for the United States War Department Air Service,...
Dates: 1914 - 2016