Edward Parkes

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Sir Edward Walter Parkes, DL, FREng[1] (born 19 May 1926) was Vice-Chancellor of City University London from 1974 to 1978 and of the University of Leeds from 1983 to 1991.

Parkes attended King Edward's School, Birmingham and St John's College Cambridge, where he obtained a first class degree in mechanical engineering.[2] He married Margaret Parr (1925-2007) and they had two children.[3]

Other posts included Head of the Department of Engineering at Leicester University in the 1960s[3] and Chairman of the UK University Grants Committee in the early 1980s. From 1989 to 1991 he was Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals. He was also appointed a Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[5] in 1982.

He was knighted in 1983. [6] There is a portrait in oils by Michael Noakes at City University.[7]


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  2. Burke's Peerage, accessed 24 July 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Times August 30, 2007 Margaret Parkes.
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  6. The London Gazette 22 April 1983 page 5510
  7. BBC Your Paintings Sir Edward Parkes (image and details)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir James Sharp Tait
Vice-Chancellor, City University, London
Succeeded by
Professor Raoul N. Franklin
Preceded by
William Walsh (acting)
Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds
Succeeded by
Alan Wilson