Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK
his important contribution to the foundation of bioengineering in UK and Europe and the establishment of the field of biofluid mechanics, especially in human respiratory and animal physiological mechanics.
1962: BSc, Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, London
1967: PhD, University of London, Diploma of Imperial College (DIC)
1968: Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
1987: Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), Council of Engineering Institutions Charter (CEng), Fellow, City & Guilds of London Institute (FCGI)
2003: Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (FAIMBE)
He has been based at Imperial College throughout his career. In 1966, he was a founder member of the Physiological Flow Studies Unit at Imperial; this novel multi-disciplinary group explored biological and medical problems from a truly inter-disciplinary standpoint. The Unit was one of the key groups in the early evolution worldwide of the discipline of bioengineering. Its activities and reputation were key drivers establishing the Centre for Biological and Medical Systems and subsequently the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College.
His academic interests have focussed on innovative application of physical and engineering science, particularly chemical engineering, to the elucidation of complex biological, medical and veterinary topics involving an intimate blend and deep understanding of physiological science and mechanics.
His diverse work has involved theoretical modelling and experimental studies on humans and animals and developing novel instrumentation techniques. Aspects of his research have had significance beyond academia, contributing to national and international standards for human and animal activities and welfare particularly in stressful environments. He has also been centrally involved in acknowledged ground-breaking forensic science and UK High Court legal work concerning the successful overturning of a number of high profile long-standing murder convictions and miscarriages of justice.