|Professor Nelson Norman|
Professor Nelson Norman
MD,DSc,PHD, FRCS (GLASG EDIN), CBIOL,FRSB, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE , UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE UNITED ARAB UNIVERSITY, AL AIN, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Following qualification at Glasgow University Professor Normans first post was as medical officer for the British Antarctic Survey. He next became an academic surgeon at Glasgow and then Aberdeen University, where he was a professor in the department of surgery. His surgical interests in hyperbaric medicine, hypothermia and critical patient care prepared him for a second career in remote medicine and he was appointed Professor of Environmental Medicine at Aberdeen University in 1976, where he established the Institute of Environmental and Offshore Medicine, then the centre for Offshore Health in RGIT.
He became Professor of Community Medicine at the UAE University before finally establishing the Institute of Remote HealthCare with Alan Kennedy Bolam in 2007 as an independent academic Institution In the 1970s he established the basic tenets of remote healthcare for the emerging North Sea oil industry in association with the medical director and General manager of BP Pet Dev (Drs Jones and Linning) and led in the management of the serious new problems of saturation diving at that time together with the establishment of the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen. He established and was director of the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit in Aberdeen, which was set up on the model of that devised for the North Sea industry. Following that and his past environmental and biological research work in the Antarctic he was awarded the Polar medal by HM the Queen in 1999. He is currently President of the Institute of Remote Healthcare.