He gained his BSc in 1972 at University College London, a PhD from University College in 1975 in Biological Chemistry and a DSc from the University of London in 2002 for his work on Heterogeneous Catalysis.
His scientific career has included being Scientific Officer (1975–79) and Research and Production Manager (1979-1981) at ICI Petrochemicals and Chief Scientific Officer at AE & CI (African Explosives and Chemical Industries), Modderfontein, South Africa (1981–84). He was then in turn Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Witwatersrand (1984–87) followed by Assistant Director (1984–94) and Professor and Deputy Director (1994–97) at the Leverhulme Centre for Innovative Catalysis, University of Liverpool.
He was then Professor of Physical Chemistry, Cardiff University (1997) and Head of School for Chemistry (1997–2006) and Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (2008).
Since 2010 he has been chairman of SCORE, the Science Community Representing Education . Director UK Catalysis Hub, 2012, President Faraday Division RSC 2012-2015.
Honours and awards
- 2009 Fellow of the Royal Society
- 2013 Davy Medal of Royal Society for the discovery of catalysis by gold and for his seminal contributions to this new field of chemistry 
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- "Graham Hutchings elected FRS". Cardiff School for Chemistry. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
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- "Davy Medal - Most recent medallist". The Royal Society. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
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