Kevin Fong




BSc in Astrophysics, MBBS, MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Work History:

NASA with Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Office; UCLH as an Anaesthetist; Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust as a Pre-hospital physician; Occasional broadcaster for the BBC; Author

Current Job:

Presenter of the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES: How to survive in space


Royal Institution

Me and my work

I spend my time exploring and learning about different systems and searching for ways to do risky things more safely

This can be everything from spaceflight and flying planes to medicine and driving cars. I know it sounds a bit vague, but I do so many different things as “work”.

My Typical Day

There is no typical day.

And that’s what’s great about it.  Sometimes I’m working in a hospital as an anaesthetist (which is supposed to be my main job), some days I’m in a helicopter as a doctor with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust HEMS, sometimes I’m abroad interviewing people for radio documentaries, sometimes I’m lecturing students at UCL, and lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Royal Institution getting ready for the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

What is your favourite space movie?

What is your favourite thing humans have sent into space?

Apart from people, the golden record disc on voyage

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Parabolic flights

What did you want to be after you left school?

A space scientist, but I didn’t really know

Were you ever in trouble at school?

All the time. Nothing I can share in a public forum though.

What was your favourite subject at school?

Computer science.. or English Literature

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Frank Close’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES, when I was a student. He was burning hydrogen in his hand.

Tell us a Joke...

Three horses walk into a bar, barman says what’s with all the long faces

Other stuff

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