(1903 – 1965)
Michael Golovine was born in Petrograd in 1903, and trained as a Mechanical and Motive Power Engineer at City and Guilds College, London before joining Rolls- Royce Ltd (Car Division) in 1925. After serving his apprenticeship he later transferred to the Aero Engine Department. During World War II, as a member of the Technical Intelligence Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, he was engaged in the evaluation of enemy aircraft and power plants as well as the V-1 and V-2 missiles. He was awarded the MBE (Military Division) and Bronze Star (USAF).
Following appointments with Armstrong Siddeley Motors and the Hawker Siddeley Group he was for five years Sales Director of Armstrong Siddeley Motors. In 1955 he was appointed to the Board of ATS (Aerospace Technical Services) Co. Ltd., the evaluation, market and operational research unit of Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd., where he was later to become Managing Director. He was one of the architects of Eurospace, the industrial association seeking more active European participation in astronautics, and was a strenuous campaigner for more active participation in astronautical affairs. In 1964 he assisted in the drafting of the BIS Recom- mendations to HM Government placed before the Prime Minister.
Mr. Golovine was the author of many technical papers, and co-author of Air Strategy (1936) and View on Air Defence (1939). His book Conflict in Space – a Pattern of War in a New Dimension appeared in 1962. He became a member of the BIS Council in 1959 and was elected President in 1963.
He died on 25th September 1965. Following his death a Golovine Fund was set up with the assist- ance of his widow to award an annual prize in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to astronautics published during the preceding two years. Following the Society’s move in 1980 to its current headquarters the Golovine Fund was used to set up the Conference Room in that building.