Holmes Appointed President Of Australian Science Academy

The Australian Academy of Science has selected its 18th president, a pioneer in the field of light-emitting polymers, Professor Andrew Holmes.

AsianScientist (May 30, 2014) – Professor Andrew Holmes, a pioneer in organic electronics, will take over from the Australian Academy of Science’s current president Professor Suzanne Cory.

“At this crucial time, it is essential to recognize the role of science and technology for wealth creation and improved productivity,” Holmes said.

Professor Holmes has been recognized for his work on light-emitting polymers. These polymers play an important role in the newly emerging field of flexible electronics and have applications in flat-screen televisions and solar cells. He has also been the recipient of a long list of awards including the Royal Society’s Royal Medal and the Descartes Prize.

Professor Holmes was elected to the Academy in 2006 and has served as Foreign Secretary since 2010. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is currently a Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus at the Bio21 Institute in the University of Melbourne and a CSIRO Fellow at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering.

Along with a new president, two new secretaries of the Academy will take office at the annual meeting — botanist Professor Pauline Ladiges will take over from Professor Jenny Graves as Secretary of Education and Public Awareness, and mathematician Professor Cheryl Praeger will assume the role of Foreign Secretary.

Professor Holmes is the 18th president of the Academy. Past presidents have included Sir Gus Nossal and Sir Mark Oliphant. The presidency alternates between the physical and biological sciences every four years.


Source: Australian Academy of Science.

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