He was born on 27 Feb. 1935 and educated at New Mills Grammar School and the University of Nottingham (where he earned his BSc and PhD). He also has an MA and a DSc from Cambridge and Honorary DScs from Nottingham (1994), York (2001) and St Andrews (2007).
- 1960 University Demonstrator, Cambridge,
- 1963 Lalor Res. Fellow, ARC Babraham, Cambridge
- 1964-95 Staff Member, AFRC Babraham, serving as Head, Dept of Physiology, 1976; Head of Cambridge Research Station, 1986; Director Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research, Cambridge and Edinburgh, 1989–93; Dir of Science, AFRC, 1991–94 and Director AFRC Babraham Institute, 1993–94.
- 1994-2001 Visiting Senior Fellow, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge
He was the Master of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge from 1996 until 2004 and has been a Special Professor in Animal Physiology at the University of Nottingham since 1988. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, and held the post of Royal Society Vice President and Foreign Secretary from 1996 to 2001. He is a founder member of the International Society for Science and Religion and an Associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.
Brian Heap was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics 1996-2001.
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