Edward Parkes

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Sir Edward Walter Parkes, DL, FREng (born 19 May 1926) was Vice-Chancellor of City University London from 1974 to 1978 and Leeds University 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.[1] He married Margaret Parr (1925-2007) and they had two children.[2]

Other posts included Head of the Department of Engineering at Leicester University in the 1960s[2] 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 knighted in 1983. [3] There is a portrait in oils by Michael Noakes at City University.[4]


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage, accessed 24 July 2009
  2. ^ a b The Times August 30, 2007 Margaret Parkes.
  3. ^ The London Gazette 22 April 1983 page 5510
  4. ^ 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