Cyril Northcote Parkinson (born July 30, 1909 in Barnard Castle, County Durham - died March 9, 1993 in Canterbury, Kent) was a naval historian and author of some sixty books, the most famous of which was his bestseller Parkinson's Law, which led him to be also considered as an important scholar within the field of public administration. Events 1419 - First Defenestration of Prague. 1502 - Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off Year 1909 ( MCMIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Barnard Castle is a town in Teesdale, County Durham, England named after the castle around which it grew up Events 590 - Bahram Chobin is crowned as king Barham VI of Persia. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Canterbury ( ˈkæntəbɹ̩i is a City in eastern Kent in the South East region of England. KENT (1400 AM) is a Radio station broadcasting a Adult Standards/MOR format Parkinson's Law is the Adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion Scholarly method &mdash or as it is more commonly called scholarship &mdash is the body of principles and practices used by scholars to make their claims about the world as Public administration can be broadly described as the development implementation and study of branches of government Policy.
The youngest son of William Edward Parkinson (1871-1927), an art master at North East County School and from 1913 principal of York School of Arts and Crafts, and his wife, Rose Emily Mary Curnow (born 1877), the young Parkinson attended St. Peter's School, York, where in 1929 he won an exhibition for studying history at Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge, where he was graduated in 1932. St Peter's School is one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom, founded in the English City of York by St Paulinus of York in 627 Emmanuel College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay on the site of a Dominican friary The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University) located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the As an undergraduate, Parkinson developed an interest in naval history, which he pursued when the Pellew family gave him access to family papers at the recently established National Maritime Museum, allowing him to write his first book, Edward Pellew, Viscount Exmouth, Admiral of the Red in 1934, then enrolled as a graduate student at King's College London, where he wrote his thesis on War in the Eastern Seas, 1793-1815, which was awarded the Julian Corbett Prize in Naval History for 1935. Naval history is the area of Military history concerning War at Sea and the subject is also a sub-discipline of the broad field of Maritime history The National Maritime Museum (NMM in Greenwich, England is the leading Maritime museum of the United Kingdom and may be the largest museum Admiral Edward Pellew 1st Viscount Exmouth, GCB ( April 9, 1757 &ndash January 23, 1833) was a British naval King's College London is a British Higher education institution and co-founding constituent college of the federal University of London. The Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History was established by Mr
While still a graduate student in 1934, Parkinson was commissioned into the Territorial Army as a member of the 22nd London Regiment (The Queen's), was promoted Lieutenant later the same year, and commanded an infantry company at the jubilee of King George V in 1935. The Territorial Army ( TA) is the principal and Volunteer reserve force of the British Army, the land armed forces branch of the United Kingdom Lieutenant (abbreviated Lt or Lieut) is a Military, Naval, Paramilitary, Fire service, Emergency medical services In the same year, Emmanuel College, Cambridge elected him a research fellow. Emmanuel College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay on the site of a Dominican friary While at Cambridge, he commanded an infantry unity of the Cambridge University Officers' Training Corps. He was promoted Captain in 1937. Please see " Captain " for other versions of this rank Captain is a rank in the British armed forces that is used in the Army, Royal Navy
From 1938 to 1945, he held a succession of positions, first becoming senior history master at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon in 1938 (and also a Captain in the school's OTC), then instructor at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1939. Blundell's School is a Public school located in Tiverton in the county of Devon, England. Tiverton is an English town in the County of Devon. The administrative centre for the Mid Devon district its population is about 18500 Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC is the initial officer training establishment of the Royal Navy, located on a hill overlooking Dartmouth, Devon In 1940, he joined the Queen's Royal Regiment as a Captain and undertook a range of staff and military teaching positions in Britain. The 2nd (The Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot was the title given to The Tangier Regiment, when regimental numbering was introduced in Britain in 1751 In 1943, he married, Ethelwyn Edith Graves (born 1915), a nurse tutor at Middlesex Hospital, with whom he was to have two children.
Demobilized as a Major in 1945, he was appointed lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool from 1946 to 1949. Major is a Military rank the use of which varies according to country The University of Liverpool is a University in the city of Liverpool, England. In 1950, he was appointed Raffles professor of history at the newly established University of Malaya in Singapore, and while there initiated an important series of historical monographs on the history of Malaya, publishing the very first of the series in 1960. The University of Malaya ( Abbreviation: UM; Universiti Malaya is the oldest university in Malaysia. Singapore Peninsular Malaysia ( Semenanjung Malaysia) also known as Malaya or West Malaysia, is the part of Malaysia which lies on A movement developed in the mid-1950s to establish two campuses, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Singapore. Kuala Lumpur (ˈkwɑːləlʊmˈpʊər Malay /kwɑlɑlʊmpʊ/ and locally /kwɑləlʊmpɔ/ or even /kɔlɔmpɔ/ or often abbreviated as K Singapore Parkinson actively attempted to persuade the authorities to avoid dividing the university, but to maintain it to serve both Singapore and Malaya in Johor Bahru. Johor Bahru, also spelled Johor Baharu, Johor Baru, ( "Baru" means "new" in Malay) or Johore Bahru and abbreviated His efforts were unsuccessful and the two campuses were established in 1959. The original Singapore campus, where Parkinson taught, later became the University of Singapore. The National University of Singapore ( Abbreviation: NUS;; Abbreviated 国大 Malay: Universiti Kebangsaan Singapura; Tamil:
Parkinson and his wife divorced in 1952 and he married the writer and journalist Ann Fry (1921-1983), with whom he had two sons and a daughter. In 1958, while still in Singapore, Parkinson published his most famous work Parkinson's Law, a book that expanded upon a humorous article that he had first published in the Economist magazine in November 1955, satirizing government bureaucracies. Parkinson's Law is the Adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion The 100-page book, first published in the United States and then in Britain, was illustrated by Osbert Lancaster and became an instant best seller. Sir Osbert Lancaster ( August 4, 1908, London – July 27, 1986, Chelsea) was a Cartoonist, author art critic This collection of short studies explained the inevitability of bureaucratic expansion, arguing that 'work expands to fill the time available for its completion'. Typical of his satire and cynical humour, the book included his famous discourse on color of the bikeshed, a note on why driving on the left side of the road (see road transport) is natural, and suggested that the Royal Navy would eventually have more admirals than ships. Right-hand traffic and left-hand traffic mean regulations requiring all traffic to keep either to the left or the right side of the Road. Road transport ( British English) or road transportation ( American English) is Transport on Roads of passengers or goods The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore known as the Senior Service) After serving as visiting professor at Harvard University in 1958 and the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley in 1959-60, he resigned his post in Singapore at the University of Malaya to become an independent writer and celebrity. This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of The University of California Berkeley (also referred to as Cal, Berkeley and UC Berkeley) is a major research university located in Berkeley The University of Malaya ( Abbreviation: UM; Universiti Malaya is the oldest university in Malaysia. To avoid high taxation in Britain, he moved to the Channel Islands and settled at St Martin's, Guernsey, where he purchased Les Caches Hall and later restored Annesville Manor. The Channel Islands ( Norman: Îles d'la Manche, French: Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are a group of Islands Saint Martin ( Guernésiais and French Saint Martin; historically Saint-Martin-de-la-Bellouse) is a parish in Guernsey, Channel His writings from this period included a series of historical novels featuring a fictional naval officer from Guernsey, Richard Delancey, during the Napoleonic era. The Bailiwick of Guernsey (Bailliage de Guernesey is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. Richard Delancey is the hero of a series of novels by historian C Timeline of the Napoleonic eraThe Napoleonic Era is a period in the History of France and Europe
After the death of his second wife in 1984, he married again in the following year to Iris Hilda Waters (d. 1994) and moved to the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin ˈɛlʲən ˈvanɪn or Mann (Mannin) is a self-governing Crown dependency, located in the Irish Sea at the geographical After two years there, they moved to Canterbury, Kent, where Parkinson died in March 1993 at the age of 83. Canterbury ( ˈkæntəbɹ̩i is a City in eastern Kent in the South East region of England. KENT (1400 AM) is a Radio station broadcasting a Adult Standards/MOR format He was buried in Canterbury.