Prof. Pyne completed his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry in 1979 with Prof. Lew Mander at the Australian National University. After Post-Doc positions with P. Fuchs (Purdue) and E. J. Corey (Harvard University) he was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong in 1985. In 1998 he was promoted to full Professor. His recent awards include, the Birch Medal in 2012 from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and the Archibald Ollé Prize for chemical literature from the RACI in 2015. Research fields include organic synthesis (transition metal-catalyzed reactions), natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry (antibiotics) and phytochemistry.