Peter McDonald

I was inspired to study chemistry by the desire to understand how things work at an atomic level.

Peter’s Chemistry Honours is in inorganic synthesis; looking at magnetic molecules.

I have always been inquisitive, but watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos really inspired me to want to know more about the world and how things work. I was inspired to study chemistry by the desire to understand how things work at the atomic level, and how to exploit this for the benefit of Earth's inhabitants. I had to complete my VCE again as I was a musician and had not studied science previously.

Studying at the University of Melbourne means a great deal to me, as I get to learn from world class academics doing important research. It has a great reputation for research and development and I get to be surrounded and inspired by deep thinkers. Also, the lush greenery is aesthetically pleasing to be around.

I decided to come back to study after being a drummer in various bands. I have been playing drums for many years and music is a passion of mine. I still play a few gigs around Melbourne town at local pubs and clubs, which is a great creative outlet and a way to reset my mind when study gets to be too much.

Peter received the 2014 Huntsman Australia Prize.

Find out more