|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1904|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1988|
James was born "James Robert KILLIAN Jr." and later changed his middle name to honor His mother`s surname-Rhyne.
Jim, son of a textile maker studied at Duke University for two years then transferred to MIT where he received a BS in business and Engineering Administration, 1926. He stayed at MIT and worked at TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, MIT`s national magazine on Science and Technology policy, serving as editor from 1930-1939.
In 1939 Killian became executive assistant to MIT President Karl Taylor Compton. During WWII when Compton was involved with the National Defense Research Comittee Killian directed the operation at MIT, which also was heavily involved in wartime research and development. Jim became the tenth President of MIT in 1948 and served in this capacity until 1959 becomming chairman of the MIT Corporation 1959-1971.
Receipient of 39 honorary degrees Killian served as first White House science advisor to President Dwight David Eisenhower. In this position he helped to develop many of the technical cold war marvels that kept this country ahead of our advasaries such as spy planes, ICBM`s and Spy Satellites.
James Robert Killian (1873 - 1953)
Jeannette Rhyne Killian (1875 - 1962)
Elizabeth Ann Parks Killian (1907 - 1986)*
Created by: LAWRENCE HEIDLEBAUGH
Record added: Sep 28, 2011
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