Andrew Holmes honoured as a Companion of the Order of Australia

Professor Andrew Holmes, who works in the School of Chemistry and Bio21 Institute, and is President of the Australian Academy of Science, has been recognised with Australia’s highest honour, Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.

Professor Holmes AC PresAA FRS FTSE received the recognition for his lifetime of service to science including his pioneering research at the interface of chemistry, biology and materials science, as an academic leader and mentor, and through his leadership of scientific organisations. At Cambridge, Professor Holmes led a team that made the breakthrough discovery of light-emitting polymers and co-founded Cambridge Display Technology to commercialise the now-pervasive technology. He received the 2003 Descartes Prize of the European Union, the 2011 John B Goodenough Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the 2012 Royal Medal from the Royal Society. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004.

Professor Holmes returned to Australia in 2004 as a Federation Fellow to lead the Bio21 Institute of the University of Melbourne. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2000 and to the Fellowship of Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2006. He served as Foreign Secretary of the Academy of Science from 2010-2014 and became its President in May 2014.

Read the orginal piece on the Australian Academy of Science website

Read the Guardian profile of Professor Holmes.