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Dr Kevin Fong

Kirsty Young interviews Dr Kevin Fong, consultant anaesthetist and science broadcaster.

Kirsty Young's castaway is Dr. Kevin Fong. He is a consultant anaesthetist at University College Hospital London, and an expert on space medicine. He is a senior lecturer in Physiology at UCL and the co-director of the Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine.
Born to parents who had come to the UK from Mauritius, he grew up in London. His parents put great emphasis on education - which they had both missed out on in their youth.
Kevin's first degree was in astrophysics and he went on to study medicine.
He has combined his love of space with medicine and has spent time working at the Johnson Space Centre in the US.
He has been a consultant anaesthetist since 2010, but has kept pursuing his interests in extreme environments from space to altitude and depth. He has made many television documentaries about his field of interest and gave the 2015 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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35 minutes

Last on

Fri 11 Aug 2017 09:00

Music Played

  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Queen

      Radio Ga Ga (Live at Live Aid 1985)

      • Live at Live Aid 1985.
  • Tears for Fears

    Everybody Wants To Rule The World

    • Songs from the Big Chair.
    • Mercury Records.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets, Op. 32 4th Movement, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin.
    • Holst: The Planets.
    • HMV Classics.
  • U2

    Where The Streets Have No Name

    • The Joshua Tree.
    • Universal-Island Records.
  • Propellerheads & David Arnold

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    • The David Arnold James Bond Project: Shaken and Stirred.
    • Warner.
  • Blue Öyster Cult

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    • Agents of Fortune.
    • Sony.
  • Aaron Copland

    Fanfare for the Common Man

    Ensemble: London Symphony Brass. Director: Eric Crees.
    • London Symphony Brass: Copeland.
    • Collins Classics.
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    • United.
    • Universal-Island Records.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    A star atlas

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A pair of binoculars

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Kevin Fong
Producer Sarah Taylor

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