BiographyAs well as gynaecological procedures for women he has performed c 5000 vasectomies - latterly by the favoured ‘No-scalpel’ technique - and he is involved in studies of a promising non-hormonal male pill that leads to a semen-free but normal-feeling orgasm, potentially reducing male-to-female HIV transmission.
He is author/co-author of over 300 publications on environmental sustainability, reproductive health and population, contraception for women and for men, and of nine books which are available in 10 languages including Bulgarian, Malay and Japanese. He also consults ad hoc, as requested, both internationally (eg WHO and the Department for International Development) and nationally (eg advising on Guidance documents of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health).
His choice of contraception for both genders as his specialty, leading to higher degrees in both surgery and gynaecology, was made while he was still a medical student, prompted by a lecture from the Biologist Dr Colin Bertram. Ever since, his vision has been that humankind’s collective environmental footprint is exacerbated by the number of feet - ie the number of humans doing the consuming and polluting, on our uniquely life-supporting but finite planet. This factor, one of only 3, in humanity’s environmental impact can be addressed, wisely and compassionately, through voluntary rights-based family planning made accessible to all. Along with Sir David Attenborough he is a Patron of and Adviser to www.populationmatters.org; and his TED lecture ‘Sex and the Planet’ and more can be viewed at www.ecotimecapsule.com
Master of Arts (MA) Cambridge1965
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) FRCSE 1972
Fellow Royal College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists FRCOG
Fellow Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health FFSRH 2003
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Male and female contraception
Population and sustainability of the environment
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