Educated at the Universities of Keele and London, Professor Tipton joined the University of Surrey in 1986. After 12 years at the Robens Institute and European Institute of Health and Medical Science, he moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1998. In addition to his University positions, Professor Tipton was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Division of the INM from 1996. He has spent over 35 years researching and advising the military, industry and elite sports people in the areas of drowning and thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. He has published over 700 scientific papers, reports, chapters in these areas as well as the books, “The Essentials of Sea Survival” (Golden & Tipton, 2002) and “The Science of Beach Lifeguarding” (Tipton & Wooler, 2016).
Professor Tipton is a Trustee/Director of Surf Lifesaving GB and was awarded life membership in 2019. He spent 10 years on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical & Survival Committee and is currently a member of their Council. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Association for Safety & Survival Training in recognition of his work in sea survival. Prof Tipton has been a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force, UKSport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS); he has been a member of the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board since 2005. He chaired UKSport’s Research Advisory Group and sat on the EIS Scientific and Ethics Advisory Group. He also sits on QinetiQ’s Ethics Committee. Prof Tipton chaired the Energy Institute’s Health Technical Committee and remains a member of that committee. He was Senior Editor of the journals “Ergonomics”, “The International Journal of Biometeorology” and “Extreme Physiology and Medicine” and is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Physiological Society’s journal “Experimental Physiology”. Prof Tipton is a visiting Professor at King’s College, London, an Adjunct Professor at Waterford Institute of Technology and an Advisory Board member of the Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Brunel University.
Prof Tipton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and The Physiological Society, and has been awarded a MBE for services to physiological research in extreme environments, the Ireland Medal for saving lives from drowning worldwide and the H&L Swiftwater rescue lifetime achievement award from the USA. He provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations. He lives in Cornwall with his wife Carole, they have two grown up children. He likes triathlon, rugby and motorbikes.