Dulwich College 1964 to 1970. University of Oxford 1970 to 1975. University of London 1975 to 1978.
MA, MSc, MB, BS, FRCPath
Oxford hospitals; St Bartholomew’s, London; Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street; University of Oxford; City University London
Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Oxford; Professor of Health Informatics, City University London
Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust
Favourite thing to do in science I like to see technology from outside medicine being used to help patients. We’ve run lots of great projects using barcodes and web technology that do that. Some of the processes used to look after patients are primitive compared to what we all use to buy things or listen to music. Why do you think this is?
I work in a busy hospital laboratory receiving over 10,000 specimens a day, and which runs some big screening programmes.
My Typical Day
I’m really lucky: no two days are the same.
Sometimes I work out what’s wrong with patients. Sometimes I teach, mostly medical students. Sometimes I work on technology projects: at the moment we’re putting a big computer system into our hospital.
What I'd do with the money
Give it to a charity promoting women’s education in Africa: the most cost-effective healthcare intervention known to mankind.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Impatient. Curious. Argumentative.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Part of the team that designed the system for sending laboratory reports to general practitioners’ computers. Everyone uses it now.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Often. Sometimes resulting in physical punishment by teachers, which was legal then.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I built my own car. It came in 14 cardboard boxes. It’s a Caterham 7, like these: http://www.caterham.co.uk/assets/html/showroom.html
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Not get impatient listening to others. Finish projects better. Think of a third wish.
Tell us a joke.
Name three fish that begin and end with the letter “K”. (You have to do the next bit.)