And the winner of the Ig Nobel prize for medicine
Peter Barss worked as clinical physician, surgeon, hospital director, and teacher in rural Papua New Guinea and Angola for 10 years. Falling coconuts were a common cause of severe and sometimes fatal injuries. He won the 2001 Ig Nobel prize in medicine for a 1984 paper on the phenopmenon. He now works as an associate professor in the United Arab Emirates. Livia Puljak caught up with him
I went there as a cooperant with Canadian University Service Overseas, to help with development of health services and education.
The prize was a strange looking, useless plaque with some fake mobile phones attached to it. The best prize has been the incredible publicity for my work in injury prevention, which for some reason most people aren't that interested in, but in the case of the falling coconuts, they were.
For me, it has all been good; there has been nothing bad, although perhaps some people sneered. Many, many people know me, and I have done many, many media interviews, which have given me a great opportunity to publicise injury prevention and safety.