Howard Wesley Johnson

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Howard Wesley Johnson
President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In office
Preceded by Julius Adams Stratton
Succeeded by Jerome Wiesner
Personal details
Born (1922-07-02)July 2, 1922
Chicago, Illinois
Died December 12, 2009(2009-12-12) (aged 87)
Lexington, Massachusetts

Howard Wesley Johnson (July 2, 1922 – December 12, 2009) was a U.S. educator. He served as dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management between 1959 and 1966, president of MIT between 1966 and 1971, and chairman of the MIT Corporation (the university's board of trustees) from 1971 to 1983.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Johnson graduated in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in business from Central College in Chicago. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and returned to earn a master's degree in economics at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1948 to 1955. He joined the MIT faculty as an associate professor of management in 1955.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dennis Hevesi, "Howard W. Johnson, 87, M.I.T. President," The New York Times, December 22, 2009, p. B11.