Dr Robert “Bob” Charles Parkinson joined the British Interplanetary Society in 1956 and was elected to Fellow in 1977. He served on the Council from 1968 -1971, 1975-1978 and 1982 to 1985. He is currently the BIS President.
Dr Bob Parkinson gained his doctorate in 1965 from the University of Nottingham. He has worked for the Rocket Propulsion Establishment Westcott, PERME Waltham Abbey, British Aerospace, Matra Marconi and Astrium. He has had papers published in Spaceflight and JBIS. He also worked on Project Daedalus, was co-originator of the HOTOL Spaceplane concept along with Alan Bond, and worked on Interim HOTOL
He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, was a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation (2004-2008) and was awarded the MBE in the 2002 New Years Honours List.