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Richard John

Attended from 1978 to 1983

Richard John


  • He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at the Uni of Wollongong, including Fist Class Honours in Chemistry and went on to gain a PhD in 1992.


  • In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious Royal Society Endeavour Fellowship, which allowed him to carry out his post-doctoral studies within the Molecular Sensors Unit at the University of Oxford in the UK.


  • Whilst at Oxford from 1993 to 1994 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Keble College and was awarded the position of Research Scholar at University College.


  • Richard returned to Australia in 1995 to take up an Australian Research Council Fellowship at the Uni of Wollongong.


  • In 1996 he took up a position at Griffith University, in Queensland, as a lecturer in Analytical Chemistry and has been there ever since. In 1998 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in 2004 to Associate Professor.


  • He is currently seconded to the Australian Academy of Science as Managing Director of the new $3.5 million science education program called ‘Science by Doing', on behalf of the Academy, the CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers' Association and the federal Dept of Education Employment and Workplace Relations.


  • Richard is an elected Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, which is the highest recognition for a chemist in Australia, and he has served as Chairman of the Electrochemistry division for 5 years.


  • I'm sure that you will agree that Richard has had a remarkable career but it is also important to consider these points as well:
    • he has been awarded in excess of $3 million in funding for his research and teaching initiatives,
    • he has been published in over 50 research papers in international journals,

    • he has been awarded two patents,

    • he has delivered research papers at over 40 national and international conferences,

    • he has served on scientific advisory boards,

    • he has been employed as an expert witness in the Federal Court,

    • and he has been invited to talk at institutions in many countries.


  •  Richard has won three prestigious awards:
    • the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Education,

    • the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Award for Excellence in Chemical Education,

    • and the Griffith University Award for Excellence in Science 


  • He is even listed in ‘Who's Who in the World?'