2021 Distinguished AlumnusNeil Terrill


Diploma of Applied Chemistry

Graduation year


Neil Terrill graduated with a Diploma of Applied Chemistry from Yallourn Technical College in 1949 before working as an Industrial Chemist at Monsanto Chemicals, and then teaching maths and science in Victorian Technical Schools and Colleges.

In 1966, he was appointed Head of the Department of Chemistry at Yallourn Technical College which later became the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education and in 1970 was appointed the first Head of the Department of Applied Science. In 1972 Neil commenced studies at Bristol University, United Kingdom, where he was awarded a Master of Science specialising in Aquatic Science.

On his return to Australia, Neil became heavily involved in the development of new courses in Applied Science, and in particular Chemistry, along with the design and development of new facilities being established at the Churchill Campus.  He was appointed Dean of Engineering and Science and in 1984 was appointed Acting Director before becoming Deputy Director the following year.

Neil held leadership roles in The Royal Australian Chemical Institute and The Australian Institute of Energy. In 2008 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Conservation and the Environment of Gippsland.