100 Faces of Chemistry

Chemistry opens doors to rewarding careers

Many of our past students have devoted their careers to research and technology – working on ways to improve society, health, and our environment. There are also many who have found fulfilling careers as teachers, entrepreneurs, patent attorneys, in corporate roles, and in jobs far away from the laboratory. 

Regardless of their chosen careers, most of our alumni have found their scientific training to be a valuable asset to their current roles.

In honour of the centenary of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) – the oldest scientific society in Australia – we are showcasing the varied career paths our past students have taken. Read about their journeys since graduating from UNSW Chemistry, and be inspired by their stories.

Ronald Quinn – Medicinal Chemist
Dave Sammut - Entrepreneur


Natalie Chapman – Managing Director




Dan Segal – Healthcare Consultant


– More profiles still to come. Watch this space –

Did you know that the following public figures also studied chemistry?:

  • The 266th Pope, Pope Francis graduated as a Chemical Technician
  • German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has a PhD in Physical Chemistry
  • Former British Prime Minister, the late Margret Thatcher studied X-ray Crystalography during her BSc