Captain J.P.M.Brooks Library of Exploration
The Initiative for Interstellar Studies was founded in Summer 2012. From the beginning, the organisation had the support and assistance of Mr Jonathan Patrick Marcus Brooks and he is considered one of the co-founders of the organisation. Jonathan was an underwater explorer, shipowner, businessman and gas industrialist. But his most valued profession was as a teacher of science, electrical installation and plumbing. He valued the trade skills, was a member of the Guilds for the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.
Jonathan was a friend to many in the Initiative for Interstellar Studies, and he was also the personal mentor of the former Executive Director and Past President, Kelvin F. Long. He also had his own dreams of starting an educational institute of some form and many of his ideas went into the creation of this organisation. He also contributed an outstanding chapter to the Beyond the Boundary book which is detailed below. Sadly, on the 28th February 2015, Jonathan passed away from a rapid development of cancer. However, to honour his contribution, the key members of the team decided that when we eventually had our own headquarters, we would remember his contribution by naming the library the,
CAPTAIN J.P.M.BROOKS LIBRARY OF EXPLORATION
This was passed by a unanimous motion of the Board of Directors. This collection is dedicated to all things that involve the exploration of the world, sea, Earth, air and space and contains a sizeable collection of books that were donated to the collection by Mr Brooks prior to his passing. The work we do in the pursuit of deep space exploration is also his legacy, and the teachings he left behind. We do not forget our fallen.
To also honour his memory, we are allowing a free read of his published book chapter for the i4is book Beyond the Boundary: Exploring the Science and Culture of Interstellar Spaceflight. The full chapter is detailed below for your personal reading and enjoyment.