David Anderson was born in 1940 into a distinguished medical, musical, military and artistic family. When his appendix was removed at the age of five by a surgeon uncle, tummy pains thereby cured, he decided to become a doctor. Qualifying in St Andrews and Dundee he became physician, endocrinologist, clinical academic and finally Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology in Manchester and Hong Kong. He holds that it is better to have enough ideas for some to be wrong than to always be right by having no ideas at all.
He was a keen researcher and educator, and his medical teaching film series took him into areas at the fringes where others feared to tread. He became horrified by the triumph of bureaucracy over common sense and compassion behind nonsense guidelines for rabies prevention. Outside Medicine and in retirement he has pioneered the study of jade, agate, and natural glass from China’s Hongshan Culture and has searched for impact craters and meteoritic glass in Northern China.
In retirement in Italy with his wife Jenny, he fought for justice for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. And he disputes convenient explanations over climate change, while systematic jet stream abuse remains unquestioned.