Holden shortlisted for Eureka

August 24, 2011

Brien Holden, BAppSc, PhD, DSc, chief executive officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, has been shortlisted for a Eureka Prize, one of Australia?s top science awards.

Sydney, Australia-Brien Holden, BAppSc, PhD, DSc, chief executive officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, has been shortlisted for a Eureka Prize, one of Australia’s top science awards.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science is awarded annually to an Australian who has had an outstanding role and impact in science. The prizes were established in 1990 to reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, science leadership, school science, and science journalism and communication. Dr. Holden is one of three candidates shortlisted for the award; the winner will be announced Sept. 6.

Dr. Holden has helped establish and guide four major research organizations at the University of New South Wales, attracting researchers from around the world to collaborate on efforts to tackle the challenges facing optometry. He has also helped establish a series of humanitarian and education organizations, all working toward the goal of “vision excellence for all people.”

“Australia is blessed with many gifted science leaders who integrate their science talents with the people-skills necessary to make a sustainable difference,” Dr. Holden said. “To be shortlisted in the final three for one of Australia’s most high profile scientific awards is very humbling.”

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