David Gordon Wilson
Born in Warwickshire, England, Wilson came to the U.S. on a post-doctoral fellowship in 1955. He returned to Britain in 1957 to work in the gas-turbine industry. He taught engineering in Nigeria from 1958 - 60. He started a branch of a US company in London and in 1961 was moved to the US. In 1966 he joined the MIT faculty and taught engineering design and pursued a long-standing interest into human-powered transport, coauthoring Bicycling Science. He is credited, along with Chester Kyle, with starting the modern recumbent bicycle movement in the USA.
One of the most famous recumbent bicycles, the Avatar 2000 was designed by Wilson and Richard Forrestall in 1980. Tim Gartside (Australia) rode it as the Avatar Bluebell (UK) to a world record (51.9 mile/h) in the US in 1982. He also invented the carbon tax in 1973.
Wilson is the inventor of the 'Wilson Turbogenerator' which is currently being developed. An electrical efficiency of greater than 50% is claimed for his design. A prototype 300 kW microturbine was under development in 2008 when work was terminated and Wilson was removed from the board and, later, from his company.
- Wilson, David Gordon; Whitt, Frank Rowland et al. (April 2004). Bicycling Science (3rd (paperback) ed.). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-73154-6. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
- Wilson, David Gordon; Korakianitis, Theodosios (January 1998). Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, The (2nd (paperback) ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-312000-4. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- Beck, Douglas; Wilson, David Gordon (January 1996). Gas-Turbine Regenerators (hardcover ed.). Springer. ISBN 978-0-412-98331-3. Retrieved 2010-09-05.