Cameron was born in Perth. He completed his BSc(Hons) degree at the University of Western Australia in 1984. From 1985-1987 he worked as a Research Officer at the University Department of Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital. His PhD degree was gained from Griffith University, Brisbane, under the supervision of Professor Colin L. Raston in 1992, for work on Group 13 metal hydrides. He then moved to a postdoctoral fellowship (1992-1994) at Sussex University under the supervision of Professor John F. Nixon FRS. From 1994 he held a lectureship at The University of Wales, Swansea before moving to a Readership in Inorganic Chemistry at Cardiff University (1998). There, he was promoted to a Personal Chair in Inorganic Chemistry in 2002. At Cardiff he founded (2004) and co-directed The Centre for Fundamental and Applied Main Group Chemistry. In 2007 he moved to Monash University, Melbourne, as an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and Professor of Chemistry. He is currently the RL Martin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at that institution, in addition to being the Director of the Monash Centre for Catalysis (MonCat), which he co-founded in 2015. Cameron was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2017. In his spare time, Cameron enjoys the beaches of Victoria.
Fellowships and Prizes
2018: Fellow, The Hagler Institute of Advanced Study at Texas A and M.
2017: Return Senior Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
2017: Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
2017 - 2021: RL Martin Distinguished Chair of Chemistry
2016: Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Australasian Lectureship
2014 - 2020: Honorary member of Magdalen College, Oxford.
2014: Frankland Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.
2013: HG Smith Memorial Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
2013: Fellow Commoner, The Queen's College, Oxford.
2013: Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford.
2012: Elected Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
2011: Burrows Award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
2008: Senior Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
2006: ARC Australian Professorial Research Fellowship (5 years).
2004: Royal Society of Chemistry's Prize and Medal for Main Group Element Chemistry.
2003: Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
2002: Royal Society of Chemistry Visiting Academic Fellow, Monash University, Australia
1996: JWT Jones Visiting Research Fellow sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.