Chemistry pioneer takes over AAS presidency

May 14 / 137

New Australian Academy of Science president Professor Andrew Holmes. Credit: Mark Graham/Australian Academy of Science.
New Australian Academy of Science president Professor Andrew Holmes. Credit: Mark Graham/Australian Academy of Science.

Organic electronics pioneer Andrew Holmes has been named the Australian Academy of Science’s new President. 

Professor Holmes formally took over from Professor Suzanne Cory at the annual general meeting in Canberra on 28 May to become the 18th president of the Academy. 

Currently a Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus at the School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute, in the University of Melbourne and a CSIRO Fellow, Professor Holmes has been recognised for his groundbreaking work on light-emitting polymers. 

These polymers play an important role in the 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 and has been a member of the School since 2004.

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