Professor Brien Holden, head of the eponymous Brien Holden Vision Institute, died suddenly on 27 July, aged 73 years.
His contributions extend across research, education, public health and social enterprise, however his ambitious claim in 2003 that myopia would be “cured within three years” has not come to fruition.
He was awarded: an Order of Australia Medal for his work in eye health and vision science; the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010 at the regional World Economic Forum; and seven honorary doctorates from universities Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and the US.
His contributions have been acknowledged through other national and international awards and honours, such as in 2010 the renaming of the Institute for Eye Research to the BHVI. ...read more