Asteroid 10041, Parkinson, was discovered on April 24, 1985 by Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene M. Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. It has a period of 3 years, 199 days.
It was named for American aeronautical engineer Bradford Parkinson (born 1935), the "chief architect" of the Global Positioning System (GPS), whose creation he headed for the US Air Force in the 1970s.
The name Parkinson, however, is probably most closely associated with Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological disorder first described by British physician James Parkinson (1755-1828).
Astrologically, Parkinson seems to indicate Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders (including mental illness); working under a handicap..
Michael J. Fox, a Parkinson's disease sufferer, has Parkinson in the first house, semisextile Damocles (politics) and semisquare the Moon (the public).
Muhammad Ali, who also has Parkinson's disease, has Parkinson in the eleventh house, decile Uranus (activism), sextile Mars (athletics), quintile the North Node (taking in, moving past past influences, making connections), square Cruithne (a brand name), and tredecile the South Node (past influences). He has continued to be active on the fringes of sports despite his illness, lighting Olympic flames, dedicating gyms and so forth; his daughter Leila Ali is also a boxer.
Ronald Reagan, who died of complications from Alzheimer's disease and was possibly the first president to be diagnosed with it, had Parkinson in the twelfth house, semisquare Uranus (unique, groundbreaking), biquintile Vesta (dedication) and quindecile Pluto (mass action). Like Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali, Reagan's wife Nancy Reagan has spoken out in favor of stem-cell research.
James Doohan (born March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), who has both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, has Parkinson sextile Uranus (science fiction), parallel Nessus (purging of psychological toxins), and contraparallel Ceres (letting go). He and his Star Trek co-star William Shatner, who have long been in conflict, reportedly made peace after Doohan's diagnosis.
Baseball star Lou Gehrig (born June 19, 1903, in New York), who ended up giving his name to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he fell victim to it, had Parkinson decile Neptune (intense emotions, culture), nonile the Sun (to shine), sextile Mercury (the media), Mars, Hylonome (pathos, popular appeal) and Lilith (hard to absorb), sesquiquadrate Jupiter (support) and Uranus (something unparalleled), and parallel Pallas (the politics of something).
British physicist Stephen Hawking, who also has Lou Gehrig's disease, has Parkinson semisextile Pluto, sesquiquadrate Venus (marriage), parallel Varuna (grown big), and contraparallel Damocles (pushing it) and Heracles (to strive against).
Mattie Stepanek (born July 17, 1990, in Washington), a teenage poet who died early of multiple sclerosis, had Parkinson sextile Pholus (to face something bravely), quintile Chiron (the maverick), square the Nodes, trine Uranus and Hylonome, opposite Juno (the powerless), and contraparallel Hidalgo (to assert).
Folk singer Woody Guthrie (born July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma), who fell victim to Huntington's disease, had Parkinson semisextile Phaethon (losing control), square Uranus (activism) and biquintile Juno.
American professional soccer player Tim Howard (born June 3, 1979 in North Brunswick, New Jersey) has Tourette's syndrome, which has caused him trouble, including a roughing up by the British sports media after he was hired by a British soccer club. He has Parkinson conjunct Cruithne (branded), decile Chiron (need to pay attention, maverick, door-opener), nonile Mars, semisquare Venus, trine Jupiter, Don Quixote (taking on something), Lilith (marginalized) and Pandora (making a splash, stirring things up), and parallel Chaos (something groundbreaking).
Russian dancer Vaclav Nijinsky, a schizophrenic who died in a mental institution, had Parkinson in the sixth house, semisextile Pallas, decile the Moon (the public), sextile Heracles, square Saturn (consequences, rules), trine Hidalgo, biquintile Jupiter, quindecile Uranus, and opposite Mars.
Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947, in Boston), a professor of veterinary medicine who has high-level autism, has Parkinson semisextile Hylonome, square Asbolus (bad experiences, advice given but not necessarily taken) and parallel Pallas (conceptualization).
Australian concert pianist David Helfgott, a diagnosed schizophrenic, has Parkinson in the ninth house, on the Midheaven, decile Venus (the arts) and Mars, sextile Talos (to protect), square Uranus and trine Jupiter.
Charlene Singh (born May 10, 1979 in London), a British woman living in the US who became the US's first case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (popularly known as mad cow disease), had Parkinson conjunct Pholus (infection) and Dioretsa (wild, foolish, out of control), semisextile Mars, trine Lilith and Pandora, quincunx Hidalgo, and parallel the North Node.
Helen Keller, who was rendered blind and deaf by an infection (perhaps scarlet fever or meningitis) as a toddler and who defied the odds, learning to communicate through touch, obtaining an education and achieving fame as a lecturer and thinker, had Parkinson sextile Dioretsa (something that sticks), square Don Quixote and Varuna, trine Hidalgo (to defend, to assert, to promote), sesquiquadrate Ceres (to nurture) and Vesta, and parallel Juno.
Actor Christopher Reeve, who became a quadriplegic in a riding accident and has since fought for stem cell research, has Parkinson in the twelfth house, undecimal the Midheaven, sextile Pandora and Phaethon, square Hidalgo, trine Dioretsa, quincunx Asbolus, opposite Juno and parallel Mercury.
Ray Charles, who overcame poverty, racism and blindness due to childhood glaucoma to achieve great success and iconic status as a musician, had Parkinson semisquare Pluto (unforgettable, to hell and back), square Neptune (music) and Chaos, trine Cruithne (a brand name) and quincunx Saturn.
Stevie Wonder, a preemie who was blinded as a newborn by excessive oxygen in his incubator and achieved fame and fortune as a musician in spite of it, has Parkinson sextile Cruithne, quintile the North Node, tredecile the South Node, trine Mercury and Mars, quincunx Don Quixote, and parallel Saturn.
Xanana Gusmao, president of the impoverished Southeast Asian country East Timor, has Parkinson in the seventh house of open battles and enemies, square the Sun (to lead, to shine, chief executive) and Asbolus, sesquiquadrate Ceres, quincunx Varuna, opposite Vesta, and contraparallel the Moon.
Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi founder of the Grameen Bank and a microcredit pioneer, has Parkinson semisextile Jupiter, semisquare Uranus, quintile Juno, tredecile Mars (energy, assertion, cutting through obstacles), and parallel Pallas.
Guadalupe Quintanilla (born October 25, 1937, in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico) was mislabeled retarded by a Texas school system ill-equipped to deal with students not proficient in English such as herself and managed to disprove this misconception, obtaining a doctorate and becoming an academic. She has Parkinson nonile Chiron (the key, the door-opener), square Damocles (drastic change, experience of groupthink, politics), and sesquiquadrate Venus (values).
Pediatric neurosurgeron Ben Carson (born September 18, 1951, in Detroit), who grew up poor and fatherless in a Detroit housing project, belonged to a street gang as a kid, and basically had to battle his way out of the 'hood, has Parkinson conjunct Hylonome, semisextile Jupiter (higher education, prosperity), sextile Uranus (breaking out) and the North Node, square Vesta and Lilith, trine the South Node, and sesquiquadrate Chiron.
The glyph for Parkinson is mine.