David Gordon Wilson

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David Gordon Wilson outside his home workshop, 2005

David Gordon Wilson (born 1928) is emeritus professor of engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[1]

Born in Warwickshire, England, Wilson went to the US 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.

A recumbent bicycle, 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 of 51.9 mph in the US in 1982. He also invented the carbon tax in 1973.[2]

Wilson is the co-founder of Wilson TurboPower, was founded in 2001 to commercialize two energy technologies developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[3]

Wilson invented of the 'Wilson Turbogenerator'. 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[citation needed].

Wilson lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with his wife, Ellen.

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  1. ^ "MIT MechE - David Gordon Wilson". Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Berdik, Chris (10 August 2014). "The unsung inventor of the carbon tax". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wilson TurboPower, Inc. (copy @ Wayback Machine)". https://web.archive.org/web/20070101011757/http://www.wilsonturbopower.com/.  External link in |website= (help);

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