The Australian Academy of Science has announced their new President, and hooray, he’s one of our own!
Professor Andrew Holmes can now add a new presidential feather to his highly decorated cap.
Already a CSIRO Fellow, Laureate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute and Distinguished Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Imperial College London, Professor Holmes will take on the top job of promoting science in Australia in May 2014.
Professor Andrew Holmes holding a flexible solar cell the size of an A3 sheet of paper.
In the 1990s, Professor Holmes achieved international prominence when, in collaboration with Cambridge physicists in England, the team developed a new class of light-emitting polymers. These polymers transformed technology for TVs and computers with lightweight, super-thin, flexible video screens bright enough to be viewed even in direct sunlight.
He has gone on to receive so many honours, even a Royal Society Medal in 2012.
His current research addresses the global energy crisis by developing efficient, flexible solar cells through the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium – which he was instrumental in forming.
So, please put your hands together for the 18th President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes.
Read more on the Australian Academy of Science website.