He discovered his famous law almost by accident. Parkinson was teaching history at the University of Malaysia when the British colony was preparing to become an independent state. New organizations had to be created, and soon Parkinson became a member of the thirty-two working commissions. In 1957 he published a book, Parkinson's Law. The law went something like this: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” We must make it clear that this law, first of all, applies to the activities of all kinds of officials. Therefore, in 1968, Parkinson personally upgraded his wording to an unprecedented perfection: “The number of employed in bureaucracy rises irrespective of any variation in the amount of work (if any) to be done.” Russians know this better than anyone else – one can only take solace in the fact that the laws of government, just like the laws of physics, affect the entire world.
On July 30, 1909, writer and historian Cyril Northcote Parkinson was born