Markham, John R., 1895-1971
- Existence: 1895 July 23 - 1971 December 12
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. https://www.nytimes.com/1971/12/13/archives/john-r-ivlarkham-mit-professor-erineer-76-an-authority.html.