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Biographical entry Hanson, Graeme (1955 - 2015)

16 July 1955
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
25 February 2015
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Inorganic chemist


Graeme Hanson was introduced to electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy as an undergraduate and this came to dominate his professional area of expertise. After completing his PhD, Hanson spent several years at Harvard and Monash Universities before joining the University of Queensland School of Chemistry in 1987. Here he set up the Centre for Magnetic Resonance which over 25 years became the best EPR facility in Australia with an international reputation. One of his many important scientific contributions was to establish EPR spectroscopy as an essential tool for electronic structure analysis of paramagnetic compounds and for the correlation of electronic structure with geometry. His understanding of the physics of metal complexes and electron spin and the mathematics to describe these phenomena led to the development of the Sophe suite of programs to simulate EPR spectra. These programs were pivotal in his scientific endeavours and ensured that the University of Queensland and Australian researchers were at the forefront in the application of EPR within their research programs.



Education - PhD, Latrobe University
Education - BSc, Latrobe University
1987 - 1988
Career position - Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of Queensland
1995 - 2004
Career position - Board member and Treasurer, Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance
2002 - 2015
Career position - Head of EPR Group, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland
2002 - 2015
Career position - Professorial Research Fellow, University of Queensland
2006 - 2010
Career position - Vice President, Asia Pacific EPR Society
2007 - 2015
Career position - Treasurer, Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Career position - Vice President of the International EPR Society

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Journal Articles

  • Gahan, Lawrence, Berners-Price, Sue, Comba, Peter and Wedd, Tony, 'Graeme Hanson, electron paramagnetic resonance innovator', Chemistry in Australia, 2015 (May) (2015), 31. Details


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