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Richard Nesbit Evans, MB BS, MRCP(UK), FAFOM

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Richard Nesbit Evans was born on 14 May 1944 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. A natural all-rounder, he attended Winchester College from 1957 to 1962, where he excelled at athletics and won the science prize. He studied politics, philosophy, economics and natural sciences at the University of Cambridge in the early 1960s and joined The Economist, where he worked as an investigative journalist from 1964 to 1967.

Richard then changed career paths, studying medicine at King’s College London, where he served as president of the Medical Students’ Association. After graduating in 1972, Richard worked at hospitals in London, Coventry and Epsom and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom in 1975.

From 1975 to 1979, Richard was the chief medical officer for several airlines including British Caledonian, Laker Airways, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. His interest in aviation came from his father, who was a de Havilland Mosquito test pilot during the Second World War. During this time, Richard organised the dispatch of chemotherapy medications to various African nations and was involved in aeromedical retrieval missions. He was also a regular contributor to the “from the doctor”…