Pioneering chemist Professor Andrew Holmes formally became the President of the Australian Academy of Science yesterday, taking over from Australian biologist Professor Suzanne Cory.
Professor Cory handed over the Academy’s gavel to Professor Holmes at the Academy’s annual general meeting in Canberra. Every four years, the presidency alternates between the physical and biological sciences.
Professor Holmes has been recognised for his groundbreaking 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.
Professor Holmes will become the 18th president of the Academy. Past presidents have included Sir Gus Nossal and Sir Mark Oliphant.
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