Andrew Holmes was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne, a PhD student (with Professor Franz Sondheimer) at University College London and Royal Society European Postdoctoral Fellow at the ETH-Zurich (with Professor A. Eschenmoser). He was appointed to a Demonstratorship at Cambridge in 1972 where he remained for thirty-two years, ultimately as Professor of Organic and Polymer Chemistry and Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis. In 2004 he was awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship and Inaugural VESKI Fellowship at the Bio21 Institute in the University of Melbourne. He is presently a Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne, Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College and an Emeritus CSIRO Fellow.
Andrew Holmes’s research interested involve applications of synthesis to materials science and biology. In most recent times he has made extensive contributions in the area of organic light emitting and photovoltaic devices. Professor Holmes is a co-recipient of the Descartes Prize 2003. In May, 2000 he was elected FRS. He was appointed AM in the Australia Day Honours List in 2004 and he was elected FAA in March 2006 and FTSE in November 2006. In November 2012 Andrew Holmes received the Royal Medal for applied and interdisciplinary sciences from the Royal Society. He is President of the Australian Academy of Science. From 2000-2003 he was Chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications and he has been an Associate Editor of Organic Letters since April 2006.