Noel Hush graduated from the University of Sydney with B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in 1945 and 1948. In 1949, he accepted an invitation as Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Manchester, in the Department restructured by Michael Polanyi. He moved to the University of Bristol in 1955, also holding numerous visiting appointments in the US, and in 1971 returned to Sydney as Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, the first such appointment providing undergraduate to postdoctoral teaching in the subject in Australia. As Emeritus Professor since 1989, he has continued to work in the area of quantum chemistry on problems of structure and dynamics. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society of London is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and and was made a fellow of the US National Academy of Science in 2012. His most recent award is the biennial Ahmed Zewail Prize for Molecular Science in 2013.

The Hush Fellowship Fund was established by the School of Chemistry in 2005 for the purpose of holding annual lectures by noted international scientists in the area of Professor Hush’s research interests, to commemorate his great scientific achievements