University College London
Before becoming a doctor, Dr. Hugh Montgomery obtained a commercial diving licence, and worked as a diver salvaging henry VIII's Tudor Warship 'The Mary Tose', which sank in 1545. He then went to medical school, obtained a first class degree in physiology and neuropharmacology before graduating in 1987 with bachelor degree in medicine and surgery. He has since accredited as a specialist in general internal medicine, cardiology and intensive care medicine.
Dr. Montgomery is professor of intensive care medicine at University College London (UCL), where he also directs the Institute of Human Health and Peformance. His research group described the first gene for human fitness.
Dr. Montgomery is also an athlete, holds a world record for underwater piano-playing, has written two best-selling children's books, The Voyage of the Arctic Tern and Cloudsailors, and has a Hollywood film in the works.
Dr. Montgomery is also working in the area of climate change and health. He is a commissioner and author on the 2009 Lancet/UCL report on this subject. He runs the climate change education program Project Genie in UK schools.
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