Template:Infobox scientist Dr. Kevin Fong (born 21 May 1971)[1] is Consultant Anaesthetist at UCL Hospitals, and is Anaesthetic Lead for both the Patient Emergency Response Team and Major Incident Planning. He is an Honorary Senior lecturer in physiology at UCL where he organises and runs an undergraduate course Extreme Environment Physiology. He 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).

Dr. Fong 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] In 2015, he presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the first time, an annual series of lectures in front of a live audience of schoolchildren, and broadcast on BBC Four, with the subject 'How to Survive in Space'.[5]


Dr. Fong was educated in South Harrow in London, at St Anselm’s [Roman Catholic] primary school, followed by Salvatorian College, a state Roman Catholic comprehensive school and Greenhill Tertiary College.[5] He holds degrees in astrophysics and medicine from University College London and a master's degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University.


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 master's 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 mediaEdit

Dr. Fong was a guest in Material World (BBC Radio 4), on 20 January 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.

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

He is the author of the 2014 book, Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century (ISBN 1594204705).

Kevin also presented the 2015 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled "How to survive in space".[13]

Dr. Fong is currently starring as the resident scientist in the ITV series "It's Not Rocket Science".

Personal lifeEdit

Dr. Fong now lives in Brixton in South London, with his wife Dee and two sons, who in 2015 were aged 9 and 7.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, Utah, US: Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
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  4. Channel 4 Extreme A&E Synopsis [1].
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Kevin Fong". The Royal Institution. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  6. "Fellowship programme - 15 years of". Nesta. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  7. "Dr. William Paloski". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  8. "Engaging Fellows: Kevin Fong | Wellcome Trust Blog". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  9. "Wellcome Trust | Wellcome Trust". 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  10. "Review of 2004; Physician Dr Kevin Fong in Superhuman". Channel 4. 
  11. Frontiers: Engineering Flu - BBC Radio 4
  12. "BBC Radio 4 - A Trip Around Mars with Kevin Fong". 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  13. "How to survive in space". 

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