Chemistry pioneer appointed president of the Australian Academy of Science

30 May 2014

Professor Andrew Holmes, a pioneer in organic electronics, has today become the Australian Academy of Science’s new President.

This distinction adds to his recent appointment as a Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute.

Professor Holmes has been recognised for his ground-breaking 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 formally took over from current president Professor Suzanne Cory at the Academy’s annual general meeting in Canberra.

He is the 18th president of the Academy. Past presidents include nuclear physicist Sir Mark Oliphant and Sir Gus Nossal, patron of the Nossal Institute for Public Health at the University of Melbourne.

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