Andrew Holmes Elected President Of The Australian Academy of Science

Organic electronics pioneer Professor Andrew Holmes has been elected as the next President of the Australian Academy of Science.

AsianScientist (Nov. 5, 2013) – Organic electronics pioneer Professor Andrew Holmes has been elected as the next President of the Australian Academy of Science. He will assume the role after the Academy’s next Annual General Meeting in May 2014. The presidency alternates between the physical and biological sciences and the term lasts for four years.

Professor Holmes is a Laureate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute, a CSIRO Fellow and Distinguished Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Imperial College London.

The current President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory, said the Academy will benefit greatly from Professor Holmes’ international reputation and experience.

“Professor Holmes will lead our Academy with great distinction, energy and integrity,” she said. “As Foreign Secretary, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Academy and its programs, with the deep conviction that Australia’s future prosperity depends on strong research and education in science and mathematics and in further developing international science linkages.”

Professor Holmes graduated in chemistry from the University of Melbourne and pursued PhD studies at University College, London. He then moved to Cambridge University, where he was later appointed Professor of Organic and Polymer Chemistry and Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis.

In the 1990s, Professor Holmes achieved international prominence when, in collaboration with Cambridge physicists, the team developed a new class of light-emitting polymers. These polymers transformed technology for televisions and computers with lightweight, super-thin, flexible video screens bright enough to be viewed even in direct sunlight.

Professor Holmes returned to Melbourne in 2004 as a Federation Fellow to establish a laboratory at the then newly established Bio21 Institute. He was instrumental in forming the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium.

Among his many honors, Professor Holmes was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2000 and awarded its prestigious Royal Medal in 2012. He was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2006 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honors list.

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Source: AAS.
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