Kevin Fong: A space doctor
Kevin Fong is a prominent figure in space medicine in the UK
It wasn’t as carefully designed as it seems. I didn’t set out with a mission in life to do astrophysics and then medicine and then work with the space programme. It happened almost unintentionally. I chose astrophysics initially because I was good at maths and physics and interested in space exploration. In my final year I did a dissertation project on image processing and investigated the applications of this to medical technologies. I was setting up to do a doctoral degree in medical physics when I realised that it was the medicine more than the physics that interested me.
It’s tough, and I’m not sure that I am always particularly successful at the juggling act. I have two small children now, and making sure that you take your medical training seriously, manage to be a good dad, and still do the other stuff is incredibly hard. You have to make