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David Gordon Wilson was born in Warwickshire, England. He is a British-born American emeritus professor of engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, U.K. In 1955 he was awarded a post-doctoral Commonwealth-Fund fellowship for study and research at MIT and Harvard. He moved to the US in 1961. In 1966 he joined the MIT faculty and taught engineering design and pursued a long-standing interest into human-powered transport, coauthoring Bicycling Science. A recumbent bicycle, the Avatar 2000, was designed by Wilson and Richard Forrestall in 1980. Tim Gartside rode it as the Avatar Bluebell to a world record of 51.9 mph in the US in 1982. He also invented the carbon tax in 1973. Wilson invented of the 'Wilson Turbogenerator'. Among other activities, he has also designed the centrifugal pump used in the world's first artificial heart.
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