Grew up in London, England and Rye, New York. Educated Cambridge; MIT.
He then attended MIT, where he was a teaching assistant and then a research assistant in the Human-Machine Systems Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests included telerobotics, aviation psychology, optimization, air transportation, and econometrics. While at MIT, he worked as a flight instructor at Hanscom Field's East Coast Aero Club, and as a statistician and programmer for a local medical and robotic products company, and served on the Board of Stockholders of the Harvard Cooperative Society.
Upon completion of his doctorate, Nicholas joined the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group in Seattle, Washington, where he worked in Flight Deck Engineering as a Systems and Human Factors Engineer on many of Boeing's commercial aircraft models. While in Seattle, he was also a flight instructor at Boeing Field's Galvin Flying Service.
Nicholas has logged 1,300 hours as a pilot--including 700 hours as a flight instructor--in more than 20 types of airplane and helicopter.
Birth Place: British, North Yorkshire.
Spaceflights: 2 .
Total time in space: 26.62 days.
Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Of 25 Americans, eight pilots and 17 mission specialists.