A physics graduate with a PhD (University of London) in the crystal chemistry of apatites, the major mineral component of bones and teeth, Eric was a lecturer in Dental Anatomy at the London Hospital Medical College (LHMC) before becoming the Director of the Civil Emergency Management Centre (CEMC) at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) until his 2003 retirement.
Formerly a Specialist Adviser to the Defence Committee of the House of Commons he is now a Forensic Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross, lectures and provides training in Management of Human Remains, Emergency Planning and Disaster Victim Identification after disasters in many countries.
He was jointly responsible for initiating and lecturing on the first Diploma in Forensic Odontology at the LHMC and transferring this course to UH. As director of the CEMC he was responsible for starting in 1996 the first MSc in Emergency Planning and Disaster Management. He was a founder member of British Association for Forensic Odontology and the Institute of Emergency Management as well as being its President. He is President Emeritus of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management www.theicpem.net. Throughout his academic career Eric has attended many air crashes to assist in the identification of Disaster Victims for commercial companies and is currently a director of Blake Emergency Services and also employed 20% at the University of Tromsø, Norway as Professor of International Emergency Management.