Im­pres­sive ca­reer leads to na­tional recog­ni­tion for Ta­wonga man

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“We added the study of bio­chem­istry to the course, and that re­ally got the girls in.

“By 1980 we had 38 per cent fe­male stu­dents, and in 1997 we hit 50 per cent.

“That’s some­thing I feel re­ally proud of.”

When Pro­fes­sor Wood was chair of IChemE, he and his col­leagues set out to make it a global body.

Pro­fes­sor Wood fo­cused on China and Viet­nam, par­tic­u­larly Tian­jin Univer­sity.

He helped the univer­sity re­vamp its chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing course, up­grad­ing it to mod­ern stan­dards, par­tic­u­larly im­prov­ing safety.

“Tian­jin Univer­sity’s course was the first Chi­nese course to be ac­cred­ited by a western pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

In 2001 Aus­tralia hosted the World Congress of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neers, which Pro­fes­sor Wood said was the most suc­cess­ful ever at the time, and led to the launch of a World Coun­cil of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neers.

Now aged 80, Pro­fes­sor Wood has only re­cently given up ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in his pro­fes­sion.

“I am re­tired, but will al­ways act as an ad­vi­sor if asked,” he said.

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