Professor Mike Tipton from the University of Portsmouth has been awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list.
He was awarded the honour for services to research and teaching in extreme environmental physiology and research in drowning prevention.
Professor Tipton, who is the UK’s leading cold water survival expert, is a Professor of Human and Applied Physiology. He is Director of Research for the Department of Sport and Exercise Science where he leads the University’s Extreme Environments Laboratory.
He has spent 35 years working in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology. Professor Tipton and colleagues in the Extreme Environments Laboratory examine the physiological and psychological responses to adverse environments and the selection, preparation and protection of those who enter such environments.
Over this period, he has helped UK swimmers prepare for the Beijing Olympics, worked with the RNLI to save countless lives at sea and helped Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin to prepare for filming in freezing high altitude conditions for the film Everest.
Professor Tipton, who joined the University of Portsmouth in 1998, said: “I am delighted that our work is being recognised in this way. It is the result of the great team of people I work with now and have worked with over the years, inside and outside of the University: colleagues, charities, occupational groups and industry. I also see it as recognition of the department, faculty and University of Portsmouth as well as my disciplines of Physiology and Sport Science.”
In addition to his University positions, Professor Tipton was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Division from 1996. Professor Tipton has published over 550 scientific papers, reports, chapters in these areas as well as the books, “The Essentials of Sea Survival” (Golden & Tipton, 2002) and “The Science of Beach Lifeguarding” (Tipton & Wooler, 2016).
Outside of academia, Professor Tipton has been a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force and UKSport on their Research Advisory Group and now sit on the English Institute of Sports’ Technical Advisory Group. He recently completed 10 years on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical and Survival Committee and was elected to the Council of the RNLI. He is a member of the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Association for Safety and Survival Training in recognition of his work in sea survival. He also recently received a Fellowship from the Physiological Society.
Other positions include chair the Energy Institute’s Health Technical Committee; a Trustee of Surf Lifesaving GB; Senior Editor of the journal ‘Extreme Physiology and Medicine until 2016; and is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Physiological Society’s journal ‘Experimental Physiology’. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Tipton provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations.