Born in Chichester, England, on 7 April 1972, Tim graduated from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1992, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in flight dynamics and evaluation from the University of Portsmouth in 2006. He has flown as a reconnaissance pilot in Germany, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Kenya, and Canada. During his career, he has logged over 3000 hours’ flying time on more than 30 types of helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.
Tim joined ESA in 2009 and completed his Astronaut Basic Training in 2010. He was appointed an ambassador for UK Science and space-based careers, and is involved in working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK’s microgravity research programme. He is keenly interested in promoting science and engineering as career possibilities for school pupils and students.
Tim is married with two sons. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, cross-country running, climbing, and mountaineering. He has also completed the London Marathon, and his other interests include quantum physics and aviation.
Tim is based at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He was part of the Principia mission, involving a long-duration flight to the International Space Station.