Mike Stroud (physician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mike Stroud
Born Michael Adrian Stroud[1][2]
(1955-04-17) 17 April 1955 (age 59)
Alma mater University College London and St George's Hospital Medical School
Occupation Physician
Known for Polar expeditions
Human endurance expert
Spouse(s) Thea (née de Moel) m. 1987
Children 2

Dr Michael Adrian Stroud, OBE, FRCP (born 17 April 1955) is an expert on human health under extreme conditions. He became widely known when he partnered Ranulph Fiennes on polar expeditions.

Early life[edit]

Stroud was educated at Trinity School of John Whitgift in the London Borough of Croydon. He obtained a degree (intercalated BSc) from University College London in anthropology and genetics in 1976, before qualifying as a medical doctor from St George's Hospital Medical School, London in 1979.[1]

Medical career[edit]

After qualifying, and working junior hospital jobs, Stroud specialised in nutrition and gastroenterology. He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1984. He has studied human endurance under extreme conditions based on personal experience - running marathons in the Sahara, and trekking across polar ice. He has worked for the Ministry of Defence researching the nutritional needs of soldiers in action. Since 1998 he has been Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has taken time out from his medical career over the years to participate in various expeditions.

Expeditions and endurance[edit]

Stroud was the doctor on the In the footsteps of Scott Antarctic expedition in 1984-1986. He joined Ranulph Fiennes in 1986 to attempt to journey on foot to the North Pole unsupported. In 1992/3 Stroud and Fiennes made the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent, though they were unable to cross the Ross Ice Shelf to reach the open sea. Drinking isotope labelled water and collecting regular blood and urine samples, Stroud discovered that their energy expenditure exceeded 10,000 calories per day [3]

Stroud, together with Fiennes, is a supporter of rigorous exercise to help slow down the aging process. He points out that historically the human body is pre-tuned to undergo bouts of hard work and in particular can cope remarkably well with endurance events in hot climates. He argues that our current sedentary lifestyle conflicts with our body's design and is leading to the health issues that an increasing proportion of the Western world is experiencing today.

In 2003 Stroud and Fiennes both completed seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in the Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge for the British Heart Foundation.[4][5]

Other work[edit]

Stroud has featured as the main participant in the BBC programme Through the Keyhole hosted by Sir David Frost.

Personal life[edit]

Stroud married Thea (née de Moel) in 1987, and they have a son and a daughter.[1]


Stroud was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1993 Queen's Birthday Honours "for Human Endeavour and for charitable services".[2] On 20 December 1994, he was awarded the Polar Medal "for outstanding achievement and service to British Polar exploration and research".[6][7]

In 1995, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.



  1. ^ a b c Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18 ed.). Debrett's. p. 1574. ISBN 1-870520-10-6. 
  2. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53332. pp. 10–13. 11 June 1993. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  3. ^ Survival of the Fittest by Mike Stroud[page needed]
  4. ^ "They've made it! Seven marathons in seven continents in seven days to help fight heart disease". British Heart Foundation. 
  5. ^ "Fiennes relishes marathon feat". BBC news. 3 November 2003. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53882. p. 17745. 19 December 1994. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  7. ^ "Dr Mike Stroud - World Authority in Human Endurance and Nutrition". Retrieved 17 July 2012.