Colin George Orpin was born in Kent, United Kingdom (UK) in 1943.

  • BSc (Hons) Biology & Soil Science, University of Bangor, Wales, UK (1962-1966).
  • BSc in Agriculture with Chemistry and Agricultural Zoology.
  • PhD, University of Bangor, Wales, UK (1966-1969)
  • Thesis entitled: ‘Microbial metabolism of some Bipyridyls and their derivatives’.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, ARC Institute of Animal Physiology, Babraham, Cambridge, UK (1969-1987)
  • Professor, Department of Artic Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway (1983-1987)
  • Program Manager in Applications of Biotechnology, CSIRO Division of Tropical Crops & Pastures, Australia (1988-1993)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Nathan University, Brisbane, Australia (1993).
  • Sabbatical (1993-1994)
  • Visiting Professor in Veterinary Microbiology, Oregon State University, USA (1994-1995)

Colin Orpin is now retired and lives in the UK.