John V. Becker
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John V. Becker was born in Albany, New York, in 1913. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree from New York State University. He joined the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, later NASA Langley) as a research engineer in 1936.

He was appointed head of the 16-ft. Wind Tunnel Branch (1943), chief of the Compressibility Research Division (1947), and chief of the Aero-Physics Research Division (1958). Becker was associated not only with the X-15 program, but also with several other NACA and NASA programs, including the X-1 and Dyna-Soar programs.