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How I became a biochemist

<h1>Illustration</h1> I was born in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia in a place called Deer Park. This suburb was established in the 1870s as a site for the manufacture of explosives for the goldfields in Ballarat and Bendigo. It was located exactly 12 miles from the centre of Melbourne so management could make the trip from the city centre to the factory and back in a day; a distance that could be comfortably covered by horse and carriage. Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) took over the factory in 1928 and the factory expanded during World War II and over the following years as Australia's mining industry grew. During my childhood, most of the people who lived in this suburb worked for ICI and their children expected to find employment there when they finished school. My brothers were sent off to do apprenticeships and learn a trade, an option that was not available to a girl. I did not know any women who stayed in the workforce after they were married. I thus had freedom to study whatever I liked during my education at primary and secondary school as I was not expected to have a career. I did http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png IUBMB Life Wiley

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