Professor Ian Ritchie inducted into WA Science Hall of Fame

August 22, 2016

Professor Ian RitchieThe life, work and achievements of late Murdoch University Professor Ian Ritchie have been celebrated with his posthumous induction into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame.

The WA Science Hall of Fame recognises exceptional contributions from Western Australians to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Members exemplify outstanding scientific research and engagement efforts throughout WA.

Ian’s induction was announced as part of the 2016 Premier's Science Awards on Thursday 18 August, where the recent achievements of the broader Western Australian science community were also acknowledged.

Prior to his sad passing in August 2014, Ian enjoyed a long and distinguished scientific career delivering significant contributions to the mining, research and tertiary sectors.

He joined Murdoch in 1984 as a Professor of Chemistry and was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) between 1986 and 1988, playing an instrumental role introducing Industrial Chemistry courses at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Ian received many other prestigious accolades throughout his career:

Chief Scientist of WA Professor Peter Klinken (left) with Ian's wife Ann and son Andrew at the induction ceremony

Chief Scientist of WA Professor Peter Klinken (left) with Ian's wife Ann and son Andrew at the induction ceremony

Remembered across the Murdoch University community for his wit, wisdom and engaging leadership style, Ian left a lasting legacy as an exceptional scientific educator and researcher with a passion for chemistry research, education and practical application.

Murdoch University is proud to see him recognised for his outstanding commitment to science and education in WA.

Murdoch’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen said: “Ian’s induction into the WA Science Hall of Fame is deserved recognition for his remarkable achievements in science and education. He remains fondly remembered across the Murdoch community.”

The annual Premier’s Science Awards cover all fields of science – including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics – supported by the Western Australian Government and administered by the Office of Science within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

More information on WA Science Hall of Fame is available at the Premier’s Science Awards website.

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