Chris Adams qualified from Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital. His neurosurgical training was at Guy’s, the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London and at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. He was awarded the Jacksonian Prize from the Royal College of Surgeons for his research work on the cervical spine. In 1972 he was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Radcliffe Infirmary and in 1975 became the Senior Neurosurgeon. He has trained neurosurgeons from all parts of the world, especially Australia, North and South America, the Middle East, Singapore and Europe. The emphasis on the Oxford training has been very much on the clinical approach, with the trainee learning to think for himself. In 1994 Mr Adams decided to stop doing administration, giving himself more time to teach and write books.
When he is not working, he is trying to keep up with his 11 children; additional exercise is taken swimming and playing tennis. His main regret is not winning Wimbledon, but he is consoled by the thought that no Wimbledon champion has ever clipped an aneurysm.