Hatch studied biochemistry at the University of Sydney in Frederick Robert Whatley (* 1924) and graduated there in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours ( BSc ( Hons) ). From 1955 to 1959 he was a research scientist at the Plant Physiology Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation ( CSIRO ) in Sydney in Rutherford Ness Robertson ( 1913-2001 ). In 1959 he was awarded his doctorate for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Sydney and was then to 1961 Fulbright Fellow at Paul Karl Stumpf ( 1919-2007 ) in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California.
From 1961 to 1966 Hatch worked as a Research Officer and Head of Biochemistry at the David North Plant Research Centre of the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. Ltd.. in Brisbane ( Queensland) by Kenneth T. Glasziou.
In 1967 he was appointed lecturer of botany at the University of Queensland and was from 1968 to 1969 Head of the biochemical department at David North Plant Research Centre. From 1970 he was head of the Botanical Research Division of the CSIRO in Canberra.
Hatch discovered along with Charles Roger Slack the C4 acid cycle or Hatch - Slack cycle and is author or co-author of more than 157 scientific papers.
Honors and Memberships
- Plant physiologist
- Botanist ( 20th century)
- University teachers ( University of Queensland )
- Max Planck Research Award Winners
- Born in 1932