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Michael Breadmore

The Power List 2020 – Australia


Director of the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science, University of Tasmania, Australia

Reason for pursuing analytical science: I became an analytical scientist because I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer and I was a terrible synthetic chemist!

Future of the field: In 20 years’ time, I think we’ll see analytical chemistry everywhere… it will have made the transition from academia to everyday use within society.

Dinner party guest: My grandfathers – I never got to meet either of them.

Misconceptions of science in Australia: That fundamental science is unimportant and all science should be directed towards our national interest. There is also an increasing skepticism about all science given the constant debate about climate change and global warming.

Advice to younger self: Understand yourself.


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