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CRAIG MARKS

1929–2009


Elected in 1985


“For his advancement of the engineering art in automotive power trains, safety, aerodynamics, and emissions control, along with his concerns for the engineering profession.”


BY TREVOR O. JONES


CRAIG MARKS, one of the world’s foremost automotive engineers, died July 20, 2009, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was born on October 9, 1929, in Salt Lake City; the family moved to California, and he was educated at Berkley Hall in Beverly Hills.

Following receipt of his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Craig moved to Detroit in 1955 to join Ford Motor Company’s scientific laboratories. In 1956 he moved across town to join the General Motors research laboratories as a staff engineer in the automotive engines department. In 1957 Craig received the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Horning Memorial Award for his fundamental research on engine combustion noise. Craig’s initial activities at GM distilled in him the need for a proactive pioneering spirit in the development of advanced-performance alternative power plants, including a high-performance-battery electric vehicle and a fuel-cell-powered van.



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