Prof. Dr. Bradford Parkinson

Curriculum Vitae of Bradford Parkinson

1935 Born in Madison, WI/USA.
1964-1966 Instructor US Air Force Test Pilot’s School.
1969-1970 26 Combat Missions in South East Asia.
1970-1971 Chairman of Astronautics/Computer Science Dept., US Air Force Academy.
1972-1978 Chief Architect and Advocate for GPS, Program Director through first GPS Launches and Initial Tests.
1978 Retires from US Air Force as a Colonel.
1979 Professor Colorado State University – Research on Solar Energy.
1980-1981 Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Rockwell Corporation.
1981-1984 Group Vice President, Intermetrics.
1984-2001 Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University.
1992 First Demonstration of Commercial Aircraft Landing solely using GPS.
1994 First Demonstration of GPS Precision Farming Tractor (8 centimeters).
1995 Conception and Demonstration of GPS WAAS, now operational with FAA.
1984-2000 Program Director of NASA’s Gravity Probe-B Satellite to Test Einstein’s General Relativity.


1957 BSc with Distinction – US Naval Academy.
1961 MSc – Aeronautics and Astronautics – MIT (Tau Beta Pi).
1966 PhD – Aeronautics and Astronautics – Stanford University.


1990 Royal Institute of Navigation.
1991 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, IEEE, ION, ASME and AIAA.
1999 IEEE, the (American) Institute of Navigation.
2009 American Astronautical Society.


More than 50 papers on the subjects of guidance, navigation, and control and is co-editor and an author of the best-selling AIAA book Global Positioning System, Theory and Applications.

US Patents

5,726,659 “Multipath calibration in GPS pseudorange measurements”.
6,434,462 “GPS control of a tractor-towed implement”, “Method and apparatus for vehicle control, navigation and positioning”.
6,052,647 “Method and system for automatic control of vehicles based on carrier phase differential GPS”.
6,373,432 “System using leo satellites for centimeter-level navigation”.
5,572,218 “System and method for generating precise position determinations” – for which was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004.


1977 The Defense Department Superior Performance Award for Best Program Director in the Air Force.
1983 Royal Institute of Navigation’s Gold Medal.
1986 Kershner Award and Institute of Navigation’s Thurlow Award.
1987 Burka Award.
1991 Kepler Award.
1993 The Loyd Berkner Award of the AAS, Navstar Joint Program Office GPS Hall of Fame Award.
1994 Pioneer Award and National Reconaissance Office Gold Medal, NASA’s Public Service Medal.
1996 Von Karman Lectureship.
1997 American Philosophical Society Magellanic Premium Medal.
1998 Sperry Award.
2001 Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Aerospace Contribution to Society Medal.
2002 IEEE Simon Ramo Award.
2004 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gold Medal.
2006 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award.
2007 Silicon Valley Hall of Fame.
2012 Goddard Trophy and Bob Hope Award of NDIA.