Dr. Tony Haymet is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director & Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, where he was the tenth director. Haymet also served as UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine sciences and dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences. He joined Scripps in 2006.

Dr. Haymet is a highly distinguished researcher with more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles. His personal scientific interests include Antarctic fish antifreeze proteins and nucleation. Dr. Haymet has focused on strategic research planning, partnerships, and safety issues, especially in field and laboratory work.

Between 1981 and 1991 Dr. Haymet worked in the USA at Harvard University, UC Berkeley and University of Utah.

He returned to Australia in 1991 and worked as Professor and Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

In 1998, Dr. Haymet became Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston, and two years later founded the University of Houston Environmental Modelling Institute.

In January 2003, Dr. Haymet became Chief of CSIRO Marine Research, and in July 2005, became Chief of the newly-merged CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. He is also the Founding Director of the Wealth from Oceans Flagship. In 2006, Dr. Haymet was appointed director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Dr. Haymet is involved in a number of committees and groups, including:

  • Member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
  • Executive Committee of the Partnership for the Observation of Global Oceans (POGO)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the newly-formed Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI)
  • CSIRO representative on the Federal Government’s Marine and Coastal Committee
  • Honorary Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania

Academic Qualifications

Dr. Haymet completed his first degree in chemistry at the University of Sydney, followed by a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Chicago. He was awarded a Doctor of Science at the University of Sydney in 1997.


Dr. Haymet has received many awards including:

  • Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, Distinguished Young Chemist Award (1997)
  • Antarctic Service Medal, United States Department of Navy and National Science Foundation (1994)
  • Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1992)
  • Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow (1986-1989)
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (1985-1990)

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