|Brian J Ford is best known as a broadcaster and author - he is
one of the leading independent research biologists as well, and he
has lectured all around the world. As this was prepared, he was
lecturing aboard the QE2 on a transatlantic cruise.|
studied biology at Cardiff University, but left before graduating to
set up his own multi-disciplinary laboratory. He has since been
elected a Fellow of Cardiff University, and is a Member of the
University Court. He was a science columnist before he was even a
student, and was appearing on radio and TV in his early
During the 1970s there was no science at all on BBC
Radio 4, so Brian launched is own series 'Science Now' and 'Where
Are you Taking Us?' and then introduced science to 'Newsbeat' on
Radio 1. He later presented 'Food for Thought' on Channel 4, and the
series went into the network Top Ten in its second week, and then
hosted the first-ever science game show 'Computer Challenge'. He
presents his 'Science Hour' for LBC and appears in documentaries in
Japan and Hollywood.
Meanwhile Brian has a made important
scientific discoveries in the field of blood coagulation, plant
physiology, detecting forged photographs, and discovered the
first-ever specimens for the microscope after they had lain in the
Royal Society collections for over 300 years. In 1996 he wrote his
best-selling book 'BSE: The Facts' in just six days, a world record.
There are over 100 editions of his books published around the world.
He contributes to 'Encyclopaedia Britannica' and is special
consultant to the 'Guinness Book of Records'.
changed science policies through his campaigning work. He thrives on
variety, and can change from giving a keynote lecture to hosting a
beach barbecue, from chairing a major international meeting to
piloting a plane, or from making a major microscopical discovery to
exploring by diving deep in the ocean without any apparent
difficulty. He has been a popular Institute speaker for many years,
and in 2001 presented the Huxley Medal at our Annual