When I was in High School
I won a bronze medal for Australia at the
International Chemistry Olympiad. And before you ask I sat a 5 hour
a 2nd year University level theory exam and a 5 hour practical exam
in which we had to make aspirin. I did pretty well in the theory exam
but I botched the practical exam. I ended up with aspirin all over the
bench - everywhere but in the sample tube. (Apparently the pathetic
sprinkling of aspirin thst did make it into the sample tube was very
I studied Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science with varying
degrees of passion. I worked on post-graduate degree in Physics for
a while eventually settled into a career in computers.
While at Uni, I also played guitar in the now defunct schitzodelic rock
band Plastic Spacemen.