Richard Harries

Richard spent a year as a mathematics undergraduate at Oxford, before changing his degree to medicine.


- What is your connection with Oxford Mathematics?


I did a year as a mathematics undergraduate under the guidance of the excellent Dr Roaf. After Mods I decided to change to medicine but, unfortunately, there wasn't a place at Oxford for me so I moved to South Wales where I completed my medical training.


- What do you do now?


I am a consultant radiologist. I retired from full-time employment at 60 but have continued to work one day a week in the hospital. I also work remotely from home every day.


- What success in your life are you most proud of?


Apart from my children, completing seven London Marathons.


What has been your biggest career challenge so far?


Learning how to work in the pre-hospital emergency setting. I started working for a voluntary organisation after I 'retired', but as a radiologist I have had very little experience of front-line emergency medicine.


How much maths is there in your day job?


Not much now, but there has been a lot earlier in my career. Soon after I finished my radiology training in 1984 I embarked on a research thesis which eventually led to an MD. The subject was a complex multisystem inherited disease and my goal was to calculate the risk of any family member developing any of the various manifestations of the disease at any age. I did this using Bayes' Theorem, perhaps a little risky, but it provided the solution to the problem.


- What do you like/miss/remember most about Oxford Mathematics?


The intellectual challenge of studying mathematics.  I always looked for ways of using mathematics during my career and completed a mathematics degree with the Open University in 1998.


- What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?


Playing the piano, walking, preparing for physical challenges (Kilimanjaro this year), amateur drama.