Professor Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London (UCL), where he also directs the Centre for Human Health and Performance. He also works in the field of Artificial Intelligence as applied to Health, working one day a week for DeepMind Health, part of Alphabet/Google.
Montgomery is also a geneticist. He discovered the first ‘gene for human fitness’ – one which also changes the chance of surviving critical illness by five-fold. His research looks into why one person may live and one may die when they look almost identical and suffer the same disease. Montgomery is interested in whether survivors are born, or made.
Hugh Montgomery still spends 25% of his time working in a North London Intensive Care Unit. In terms of research, he has published over 480 scientific research articles and is perhaps best known for his discovery of ‘the first gene for human fitness’.
Montgomery chaired the last two Lancet Commissions on Human Health and Climate Change and has written and lectured extensively on the subject. He was appointed to the post of Leader by London’s Sustainable Development Commission, attended many of the international ‘COP’ negotiations, and led the children’s climate education Project Genie.
Hugh Montgomery has patented treatment for cancer wasting and prevention of injury in stroke; new technology for patient hydration; a novel mask for the removal of pollutants; and a new asthma inhaler.
Wikipedia; Montgomery held a Cat X skydiving qualification, and also an HSE Pt IV commercial diving licence. He is a keen snorkeller and mountain walker and has climbed in the Himalaya (Cho Oyu, 8201m, 2006; Pumori), the European Alps, and the Andes (Aconcagua, 6997m).
Montgomery has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for his work in climate change and health under the auspices of Project Genie; he was also a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council and one of the co-authors of the UCL-Lancet Commission in 2009. Montgomery has complemented his interest in fitness with achievements which include the 100 km ultra-marathon, holding the world record for underwater piano playing as well as visiting Everest with the Xtreme Everest research group to undertake research.
Montgomery is the author of the children’s book The Voyage of the Arctic Tern. He has also authored the children’s book Cloudsailors and, in 2019, the medical thriller ‘Control’ (described by Lyna la Plante as ‘A suspenseful and frightening medical thriller’.’
He is an inventor, holding patents relating to new uses for renin-angiotensin antagonists in metabolic regulation; for a new fluid delivery device; and for a new asthma inhaler device.
Read more in the Guardian.
Professor Hugh Montgomery says mastering new skills helps him relax – and makes life appear to last longer
I meet Prof Hugh Montgomery the day after the heatwave reaches its sticky, stultifying peak, a day when Londoners are red-eyed, over-caffeinated and on a hair-trigger. It’s business as usual, however, for Montgomery. With an expansive enthusiasm that cuts through the clammy torpor, he’s fine: he rarely tops five hours a night. “I get up between 4 and 5am. But I wouldn’t want to promulgate the idea that not sleeping is a good thing.” Read more here..