Val Cleaver – A Very English Rocketeer
Arthur C Clarke once described Val Cleaver as the man who should have been the British Von Braun. The comparison is justified since Val, like Von Braun, bridged the gap between the practical engineer and the vision of spaceflight and was indeed one of the first to do so. Much of this vision was manifested through the British Interplanetary Society which he always supported, especially during its regeneration after World War II. He became Chairman of the BIS Council in 1948. He also inspired a generation of people, including Alan Bond who has written the Foreword for this book.