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Dr Vincent P Crabtree
technical director at Dialog Devices, and researcher at the Photonics Engineering and Health Technology Research Group at Loughborough University

Men were going to the moon during my birth year, so there was a huge post-Apollo buzz while I was in the infant and junior schools. Watching Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica also helped. Then my grandfather was affected with a debilitating condition, which he eventually died from – aged 55 – during the 1980s. I was too young to do anything about it.

Time passed, then I became interested in biomedical engineering. I am now working on earlier detection of the disease which caused my grandfather to pass. Hopefully in time, I will be able to emulate Bones from Star Trek, as he waves a flashing saltshaker over someone’s chest and says: ‘Your ribs are broke.’ (Electronic whistle noise for a few seconds.) ‘It’s okay, they’re fixed. Take it easy for a few days.’

See Vincent Crabtree‘s website.