Dr Bob Lawrence was born in Plymouth in 1941. He was educated locally to grammar school level, but left school at the age of fourteen to start work in the grocery trade.
At the age of seventeen he joined the Royal Air Force as an airframe mechanic. After a total of five years service in the United Kingdom, Germany, Cyprus and North Africa, he left the RAF to finally take the qualifications which would gain him entry to Bristol University as a medical student.
His entry to University was not to be routine however, as two weeks before leaving, he was involved in a serious road accident, which left him with both legs broken and facing a five-month stay in hospital. Luckily, he had recovered sufficiently by the following year to join his course one year late.
After five years of training, he gained his degree, MRCS (Eng) LRCP (Lond) in August 1974.
His medical career has since included experience in General Medicine and Surgery, Accident and Emergency, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care, and General Practice.
From 1982 until 1986, he was employed by the Ministry of Defence as a Ship's Surgeon with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. He saw service in the Falklands and other parts of the world.
He is married with three children, and lives in Swansea.