A Comprehensive Success: Sitting Down With…Phil Marriott, Professor in the School of Chemistry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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What makes you tick – in science and elsewhere?

I thrive on challenges – and on supporting others. That feeds into my enjoyment of empowering analysts through formal teaching activities, journal publications and conference presentations. It also underscores my love of languages (I learned French – albeit poorly – at school, learned some Bahasa Malaysia, speak Cantonese – courtesy of my Malaysian wife – and studied Mandarin Chinese some years ago). And being a proud grandfather to my six grandchildren provides me with constant drive – and lots of books to read to them.

Though my “ability to tick” may have been somewhat reduced by a bad bike accident some years ago, I manage the issue in my stride. Unfortunately, my other great love – running – is also largely behind me due to a hip operation, but, before that, my thirst for challenge led me to compete in triathlons and marathons. Peter Schoenmakers and I have shared this hobby for some time. I sent him a video detailing our various runs around the world to celebrate his 65th birthday in 2019!

Period30 Mar 2020

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