Milton T W Hearn graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1965, where he was awarded his B.Sc (Hons). He subsequently completed his Ph.D. (1970) and D.Sc. (1983) degrees from the same University. From 1979-1975, Professor Hearn held positions as N.R.C. Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and George Murray Travelling Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia; and I.C.I. Research Fellow, College Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (Christ Church) and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College at Oxford University. From 1975 to 1980 he held a Medical Research Council of New Zealand Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Otago Medical School. From 1981 to 1983, he was a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Senior Research Fellow and McGauran Fellow at St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, and was appointed Principal Research Fellow from 1983-1986. He has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yale University (1984), University of Paris (1992) and Johannes Gutenberg University (1995). He is currently Professor of Biochemistry, and Director, Centre for Bioprocess Technology. He has received various awards including the H.J. Smith Medal of the RACI, the Senior Organon Award of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the Japan Society for the Advancement of Science Award and the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis.
His research interests have focused on the development and application of new methods for biochemical analysis and separation in biomedical research and biotechnology, as well as the characterisation of protein hormones and growth factors in normal and disease states. Professor Hearn has been the senior author of 505 original scientific publications and several books, and is the inventor/co-inventor of several issued patents in protein purification technology, affinity chromatography and other "downstream" aspects of biotechnology, as well as the development of biopharmaceutical compounds.
Professor Hearn is a Member of the Order of Australia, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (elected 21 May, 1985), a Fellow, Australian Institute of Directors (elected 12 October, 1987), and a Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (elected 20 October, 1990). Professor Hearn currently serves as Regional/Associate Editor on the Editorial Boards of the following international Journals specialising in the field of protein chemistry and bioseparation sciences: Journal of Molecular Recognition; Journal of Chromatography, Journal of Molecular Pharmacology; Isolation and Purification, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Methods, International Journal of Biochromatography, and LC/GC. Since their inception in 1981, Professor Hearn has been Co-chairman of the highly successful annual International Symposia on HPLC of Proteins, Peptides and Polynucleotides (ISPPP), and is currently Chair, Australian Peptide Association, Chair, International Commission on Biotechnology, Councillor, Australian Academy of Technological sciences and Engineering, and a member of various national and international Governmental Committees.