Author Profile

Ian Rae

Professor Ian Rae is a former President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. For over 30 years he has written a monthly column (mostly about the history of chemistry) for their magazine Chemistry in Australia. He provides media comment on chemicals in the environment, has a substantial list of published work on historical aspects of chemistry in Australia and internationally, and has been an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme since the mid-1990s. His essays on local history have appeared in Timeball Times, the newsletter of the Williamstown Historical Society (he’s a life member) since 1998.


See Ian at the 2016 Festival:

18-06-2016 3.30pm-4.30pm

Industries in Melbourne’s west are part of our lived experience. But like a novel or a biography, a good history can tell us not only about the people who founded the industry, the people who worked there and the products…

Location: Council Chamber