Bradford Parkinson is a recalled emeritus professor at Stanford University, and an engineer/inventor. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S in engineering. After switching to the Air Force, he received a Master of Science in aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to earn a Ph.D from Stanford University. He is widely recognized as the lead architect and developer of the Air Force NAVSTAR program, which we now know as GPS (Global Positioning Service).
He was hugely influential in the development of Air Force GPS and satellite technologies throughout his more than 20 years of service. After leaving the military, he took on roles as Vice President of the Space Systems Group for Rockwell International, VP and General Manager of Intermetrics, a company that created the programming language still in use by NASA’s Space Shuttle program.
He led the work on Gravity Probe B, which was the first test of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity by direct mechanical methods. He has earned numerous awards for his contributions to GPS and other technologies. NASA has honored him with their Distinguished Public Service Medal and their Public Service Medal. In 1985, Asteroid 10041 Parkinson was discovered at Palomar Observatory, and named after him.
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Bradford Parkinson is an American engineer and inventor, retired United States Air Force Colonel and recalled emeritus Professor at Stanford University. He is best known as the lead architect, advocate and developer, with early contributions from Ivan Getting and Roger Easton, of the Air Force NAVSTAR program, better known as Global Positioning System.Source: Wikipedia
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