BEYOND HEAD TRANSPLANTS – SCIENCE FICTION & SCIENCE FACT IN THE 21st CENTURY
Scientific breakthroughs often divide the evolution of the world into “life before” and “life after”. Beyond Heads looks forward to a time leading up to, and after, the world’s first head transplant takes place, assessing all the potential world-changing impacts this medical innovation could bring about.
MR MICHAEL J. LEE
MPhil, MA, BTh (Hons), HGp (Ed)
Co-author of Chrysalis
Michael is a qualified futurist, artist and writer living in Cape Town. In 2015, he published Heartbeat, a documentary novel about the world’s first human heart transplant. His two works about understanding the social future through interdisciplinary causal analysis are Knowing our Future and Codebreaking our Future, both available on Amazon.com.
He has been married to Sannettha for 29 years and the couple have two daughters, Dr Michaela van den Honert, a food and cosmetic scientist, and Melissa, a linguist currently working in the field of the logic flow for artificial intelligence programmes driving chatbots.
Michael held his first solo art exhibition, called A Bridge of Light, at the Forum at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel, V&A Waterfront, from 19 to 22 March 2017, featuring 60 original oil paintings.
He enjoys reading, writing, painting, sketching, jogging and watching powerful movies, having built up a private collection of several hundred DVDs and Blu-ray films spanning the entire history of cinema to the present.
DR BRUCE GORDON MATHEW
MBChB, FRCS (Ed), FRCS SN (Ed), ChM
Co-author of Chrysalis
Bruce is a neurosurgeon who graduated with a medical degree from Groote Schuur Hospital & the University of Cape Town in 1979 and then continued his surgical training in Bristol and Cardiff, specialising in Neurosurgery, before completing his training in Belfast during the Irish “Troubles”. He was awarded a Master of Surgery degree by Bristol University in 1993.
He was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in Hull in 1994. He has served on the Council of the Society of British Neurosurgeons, and examined for the Royal Surgical Colleges. Having retired from the NHS his current role is Medical Director of the North of England Medical Hyperbaric Unit ,caring for SCUBA divers, patients with radionecrosis and wounds refractory to treatment.
Bruce, who has been married to Elizabeth for 40 years, is a keen golfer, walker, sailor and reader. The couple have 2 children, both medical doctors and married to doctors.