Donald E. Parker, Ph.D., died in 2016. He was a professor emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami.

Dr. Parker earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Princeton University and completed a fellowship in NIMH's Auditory Research Lab at Princeton and another at the Max Planck Institut fur Verhaltensphysiologie in Germany. He was a visiting scientist for two different periods at the Space Biomedical Research Institute at the LBJ Space Center in Houston, TX.

He was a member of the UW Otolaryngology-HNS faculty from 1993-2006 where he was affiliated with the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center and the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in the College of Engineering. He specialized in vestibular research and cognitive psychology with expertise in spatial orientation, visual perception, and motion sickness. 

Among numerous other career honors, Dr. Parker received the Space Act Award in 1993, was elected to membership in the International Academy of Astronautics in 1985, and selected as an alternate payload specialist for Spacelab SL-1 Mission in 1978.