Emeritus Professor Graeme George has had 45 years’ experience in studying the properties and performance of polymers and biopolymers in a wide range of environments. His current interest is in predicting and controlling the lifetime of plastics (especially thin films as in lightweight bags) in the environment. Prior to his academic career at the University of Queensland and QUT he was Head of Polymer Research at Materials Research Laboratories in Melbourne. At QUT he became Head of the School of Chemistry and then Executive Dean of Science, while maintaining his research laboratory and acting as a consultant to over 80 companies and government authorities as well as technical referee and expert witness for the Courts. He has been Chair of the Polymer Division and President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and was awarded the Applied Research Medal and the Polymer Medal. He was on the Editorial Boards of six polymer journals and was an Editor for Polymer Degradation and Stability. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007.