Profile: Professor Lord John Krebs 'Providing food for thought'
Published 04 October 2013
Since his teens, Professor Lord John Krebs has been quietly and determinedly digging his heels in. When it came to applying to university, it was assumed he would be studying medicine.
In 2001, just one year into his five years as chairman of the newly formed Food Standards Agency, he banged heads with Government officials over the foot-and-mouth outbreak that year.
They had initially dismissed it as a minor issue that would resolve fairly quickly and it was his scientific approach in bringing together a group of eminent scientists to create complicated disease-modelling projections, that made central government sit up and take notice.