Professor Brien Holden

Leader in eye care Professor Brien Holden has died

28 Jul 2015 by Emily McCormick

Professor Brien Holden, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, has died aged 73. 

A global leader in eye care and vision research, as well as an international renowned and award-winning scientist, Professor Holden was one of the most influential optometrists of his generation, and inspired scientists and health care professionals around the world. 

Deputy CEO of the Institute, Professor Kovin Naidoo, said: “Today is a very sad day in the history of our organisation. Brien was a man of extraordinary vision who devoted himself to the service of mankind. He demanded that the research be indivisible from service to society. He was truly an intellectual giant in eye health and vision, a powerhouse driving change by mobilising teams globally united in science and service to the disadvantaged of our world.”

Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute board and life-long friend of Professor Holden, Professor Brian Layland commented: “Brien's efforts and achievements have been recognised, applauded and adopted worldwide. All who have worked with him will have fond memories to cherish; all will miss him. His legacy will encourage all to strive to achieve the goals he had set.”

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