Brien Holden, Global Leader in Eye Care and Vision Research,
Global leader in eye care and vision research, internationally renowned and awarded scientist and humanitarian, Professor Brien Holden OAM, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia, passed away at the age of 73 on July 27 in Sydney, Australia.
Professor Holden was one of the most influential optometrists of our generation. His career was spent inspiring scientists and health care professionals around the world with his dream of “vision for everyone, everywhere.”
While accepting the Charles F. Prentice Medal, optometry’s highest honor, and acknowledging contributions and collaborations throughout his career, Professor Holden quoted Sir Isaac Newton, saying, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Brien Holden Vision Institute Deputy CEO, Professor Kovin Naidoo, spoke on behalf of the organization. “Today is a very sad day in the history of our organization; Brien was a man of extraordinary vision who devoted himself to the service of mankind. He demanded that the research be indivisible from the service to society. He was truly an intellectual giant in eye health and vision, a powerhouse driving change by mobilizing teams globally united in science and service to the disadvantaged of our world.”
Professor Brian Layland, Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute board and life-long friend of Professor Holden said, “Brien's efforts and achievements have been recognized, 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.”
Contact Lens Spectrum Editor, Professor Jason Nichols said, “Brien was more than the greatest and most influential optometrist the world has ever known. He was a remarkably caring human being and tremendous friend. There is no way that words can even come close to filling the void left in his absence. The world has lost a light that will never be lit again, but rest assured that we carry forward with his vision for everyone, everywhere.”
Brien Holden was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.