Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


Gordon John

United Kingdom

Gordon Brooks

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Personal data

Birthdate:  15.08.1956
Birthplace:  Hexham, Northumbria
Marital status:  married
Children:  four
Selection date:  ??.??.1989
Position:  Research Cosmonaut (RC) / LS
Status:  Ret. ??.??.1992

Additional information

Education: Blackpool Collegiate Grammar School, Dundee University where joined Navy Reserve, on qualifying in Medicine transferred to Royal Navy; 1980-1990 Royal Navy: Falklands 1982 Medical Officer on merchant aircraft carrier SS Atlantic Conveyor, sunk by Exocet attack, subsequently saturation diver, parachutist, specialist and researcher in diving and computer medicine, aviation medicine trained, projects included computer assisted diagnosis at sea and deep diving research in UK, Canada, US and Norway; selected from 18000 candidates over a 3 month period of comprehensive physical, psychological, physiological and practical tests to become one of a team of fou, he subsequently undertook astronaut training in UK and Russia, learnt Russian and acted as a ground based mission specialist and reserve for the Juno flight; became official Navy Astronaut before leaving Navy to further his interest in the use of artificial intelligence in medicine; qualified Ph.D. in Medical Informatics in London; currently head of EMIS Knowledge Based Systems overseeing design and creation of successful distributed and web based medical advice systems for clinicians and the general public; also involved in production of support systems for Lawyers; interests and hobbies: Sailing, Early British history (writing book based on computer analysis of evidence), walking, algorithms. However he remains interested in spaceflight too. One of three candidates from the United Kingdom in the 1992 ESA selection, but stood down shortly after the actual selection process had started.


Last update on February 13, 2021.