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Chemistry expert honoured with Curtin room naming

Media release

Leading scientist Dr John Hosking’s contribution to the field of chemistry has been recognised with a room officially named after him at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus.

ChemCentre Chief Executive Officer Peter McCafferty, John Hosking and Curtin University Vice Chancellor Deborah Terry.

As part of a naming ceremony held yesterday, attended by family, friends and former colleagues, ‘The John Hosking Room’ was officially named in Dr Hosking’s honour.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the room was named in his honour to acknowledge his significant contribution to the University, ChemCentre and the field of chemistry, throughout his career.

“Dr Hosking began working at Curtin, then known as the Western Australian Institute of Technology, or WAIT, in 1971 as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry,” Professor Terry said.

“He continued to progress his lecturing career until 1984, when he then began work at ChemCentre until 2004, with the last 15 years as Managing Director.

“Naming the room after Dr Hosking presents an opportunity to recognise and honour a scientist of significant reputation and standing, acknowledging his contributions to both institutions, Curtin University and the ChemCentre.”

ChemCentre Chief Executive Officer Peter McCafferty said Dr Hosking’s contribution to the ChemCentre could not be overstated.

“John steered the ChemCentre during a transitionary period, enabling it to become the vibrant organisation that it is today,” Mr McCafferty said.

Dr Hosking is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He has also been recognised for his contributions to the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).

‘The John Hosking Room’, formerly Room 4103, is located in Building 500 at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus and is used by both Curtin University and ChemCentre.