Professor Mike Tipton from the University of Portsmouth received his MBE from Her Majesty The Queen at a special investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.
He was awarded the MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for services to research and teaching in extreme environmental physiology and research in drowning prevention.
On receiving the honour, Professor Tipton said “The event was a very special day for my family and me. The icing on the cake was that the Queen was going to be presiding over the ceremony. I wasn’t nervous to start, but by the time I had been briefed about what to do and not do I began to wonder if I could remember the protocol. I was not alone, all around me others were practicing curtseys and bows. It all went off without a hitch and there was something particularly special about speaking to the Queen, an amazing person who has met so many icons during her long reign; Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill - the list is endless.
It all seem a bit like a dream now, but I will not forget the day. Nor will I forget the friendship and support that so many colleagues, friends and family have given me over the years; it is undoubtedly this that made the day possible in the first place.”
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.