Andrew Holmes was at the University of Cambridge from 1972-2004 and thereafter at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include the applications of synthesis to solve problems at the interface of chemistry with materials science and biology. He has made extensive contributions in the area of light emitting and photovoltaic devices, and co-founded Cambridge Display Technology to exploit the technology. In collaboration with cell biologists he has developed tools for probing the key signalling proteins that bind to inositol phospholipids in intracellular signalling processes. In May 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in March 2006 and Fellow of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) in November 2006. 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.