Bezos blasted off in the sub-orbital New Shepard rocket from Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Professor Catherine Heymans has been awarded the almost 200-year-old title.
Edinburgh-based Skyrora aims to be the first UK company to make space launches from a European site.
Skyrora believes its Orbit Transfer Vehicle could clear debris, reposition satellites and remove defunct satellites from orbit.
Preparations are under way for Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to travel to the International Space Station.