Ian Rae

(CEA Chemical Educator 1998)

Ian became a member of the VUSEB standing committee for Chemistry in 1978 and was a Vetting Examiner, Deputy and Chairman of the exam panel between 1980 and 1990. From 1986 to 1993 Ian was a member of the Science Field of Study Committee for VCAB and convener of the Science Key Learning Area Committee for the Board of Studies from 1993 to 2000. He was a member of the VCE Chemistry reaccreditation committee in 1998, and member of the Curriculum and Standards Framework for Science 1998-99. He was seconded to VCAB for one day a week to work on the new VCE Chemistry study design. Ian was also the Dean of Science at Monash University and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Victoria University. A large part of Ian’s life has been tied up with Chemistry in one way or another, and he still uses Chemistry in an advisory role with the EPA and the UN Environment Program. Ian now studies and writes about the history of chemistry, chemical technology, and chemists. In the thin slice of the world that exists outside chemistry, he is: vice-president of the Inner West Branch of the National Trust; president of a local environment group, Friends of Williamstown Wetlands; and contributor of historical essays to the newsletter of the Williamstown Historical Society where he also acts as a museum guide.