Engineering and the Environment

R Holdaway


Primary position:
Visiting Professor


The University of Southampton
Professor R Holdaway's photo

Professor Richard Holdaway is the Director of RAL Space.

Professor Holdaway began his career with a PhD in Aeronautics and Astrodynamics at the University of Southampton.  This was followed by a period working on the design of the Harrier VTOL aircraft at Hawker Siddeley before joining the Appleton Laboratory in 1974 and RAL in 1980.  He was appointed Director of Space Science and Technology at RAL (now RAL Space) in 1998.  He has 40 years of experience in Space Programmes, having worked on numerous missions in Space Science and Earth Observations with NASA, ESA, China, Russia and the UK National Programme.  He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours List 2013; in recognition of his remarkable services to Science and Technology.  His CBE also recognised his work with the Royal Academy of Engineering, with his long association with Southampton University and his numerous public outreach lectures.


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Holdaway, Richard (1974) A theoretical study of satellite emplacement by solar electric propulsion. University of Southampton, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Doctoral Thesis , 195pp.


Primary research group:  Astronautics


Professor R Holdaway
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ