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David Brynn Hibbert

Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry, UNSW Sydney

Professor Hibbert occupied the Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney until 2013. He was the second (and last) incumbent and arrived in Australia from England in 1987.

His research interests are in electroanalytical chemistry and chemometrics and metrology in chemistry, but he also does a sideline in expert opinion, scientific fraud and presenting science to the public.

He has published around 270 papers, 5 books and 3 patents. His most recent books are, Data Analysis for Chemistry: An Introductory Guide for Students and Laboratory Scientists (Oxford University Press, New York, 2005, 192 pp) written with Justin Gooding, and Quality Assurance in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, published by Oxford University Press in 2007. Professor Hibbert won the Ollé Prize of the RACI in 2008 for this text.

He is past Chair of the Analytical Division of the RACI, Past Chair of the IUPAC Analytical Division and Secretary of the IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Terminology Symbols and Nomenclature.

He is a member of the Australian Academy for Forensic Sciences and a Vice-President, and former President, of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 for “significant service to science in the discipline of chemistry, to professional societies, and to sport through illicit drug profiling”


  • 2013–present
    Emeritus professor, UNSW
  • 1987–2013
    Professor of Analytical Chemistry, UNSW


    University of London, PhD/Chemistry


Member of the Order of Australia, Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society (UK)