Bob Parkinson MBE

Bob is currently a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University London and Cranfield University where he lectures on Space Propulsion and System Engineering.He gained his doctorate in 1965 from the University of Nottingham and has worked for the Rocket Propulsion Establishment, PERME, British Aerospace, Matra Marconi and Astrium.

He has had papers published in Spaceflight and JBIS and has also worked on the Society’s Project Daedalus and Project Boreas. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and was awarded the MBE in the 2002 New Years Honours List.

Bob joined the Society in 1956 and elected to Fellow in 1967. He served on the Council from 1968 -1971, 1975-1978 and 1982 to 1985. He was BIS President from 2009 – 2012. He would like to encourage the BIS to continue being an advocate for enthusiastic development of future developments in astronautics.