Kevin Fong

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Kevin Fong
Born Kevin Jeremy San Yoong Fong
May 1971
Brent, Middlesex, UK
Residence UK
Citizenship UK

Kevin Fong (born Kevin Jeremy S. Y. Fong, 1971)[1] is an expert on space medicine[2][3] in the UK and is the co-director of the Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE Medicine), University College London (UCL). He is also a lecturer in physiology at UCL. He is best known for his television appearances, particularly as an occasional presenter of the long-running BBC2 science programme, Horizon. He presented the 2012 Channel 4 series Extreme A&E where he visited trauma centres all over the world.[4] Although of Chinese ancestry, he speaks no Chinese of any dialect.[5]

Education[edit]

Fong holds degrees in astrophysics and medicine from University College London and a Masters degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University.

Career[edit]

He was a NESTA Fellow between 2003 and 2008.[6] During this time he took part in a diving expedition for Coral Cay and worked regularly with NASA as a visiting researcher with the Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Office at Johnson Space Center and occasionally with the medical group at Kennedy Space Center. It was during one of his visits to NASA that he completed his Masters degree in Astronautics (co-supervised by Professor Bill Paloski, now Director of NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division).[7]

In 2011 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellowship.[8][9]

In media[edit]

Fong was a guest in Material World (BBC Radio 4), on January 20, 2000, where he argued for British participation in space travel research, particularly focusing on the long-term effects on the human frame. He presented Channel 4's science program Superhumans in 2004,[10] an episode of Frontiers [11] on Radio 4, entitled Engineering Flu, and five episodes of the BBC documentary series Horizon. He also makes regular appearances for Health Check on BBC World Service[12] and has been interviewed in other programs.

He wrote and presented Space Shuttle: The Final Mission (BBC) in July 2011, an hour-long documentary following the final mission of the Space Shuttle, meeting and interviewing those involved in the mission.

Fong was featured in Esquire magazine's 2004 list "UK's 100 Most Influential Men Under 40".[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, US: Ancestry.com Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
  2. ^ Fong, K. J. (2010). "Risk management, NASA, and the National Health Service: Lessons we should learn". British Journal of Anaesthesia 105 (1): 6–8. doi:10.1093/bja/aeq139. PMID 20551024.  edit
  3. ^ Fong, K. J.; Arya, M.; Paloski, W. H. (2007). "Gender differences in cardiovascular tolerance to short radius centrifugation". Journal of gravitational physiology : a journal of the International Society for Gravitational Physiology 14 (1): P15–P19. PMID 18372686.  edit
  4. ^ Channel 4 Extreme A&E Synopsis [1].
  5. ^ Fong, Kevin (2005-02-25). "With a name like Kevin Fong, I was expecting ...". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  6. ^ "Fellowship programme - 15 years of". Nesta. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Dr. William Paloski". Uh.edu. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  8. ^ "Engaging Fellows: Kevin Fong | Wellcome Trust Blog". Blog.wellcome.ac.uk. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Wellcome Trust | Wellcome Trust". Wellcome.ac.uk. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  10. ^ Channel 4 - Review of 2004, "physician Dr Kevin Fong in Superhuman"
  11. ^ Frontiers: Engineering Flu - BBC Radio 4
  12. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - A Trip Around Mars with Kevin Fong". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 

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