Edward C. Holmes

Edward C. Holmes

Edward C. Holmes

Birth : Edward Charles Holmes (1965-02-26)26 February 1965(age 55)

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Name Edward C. Holmes
Birth (1965-02-26)26 February 1965(age 55)
Birth Place (age 55)
Alma Mater University of London(BSc) University of Cambridge(PhD)
Fields Virology Evolutionary biology
Institution University of Sydney Pennsylvania State University University of Oxford University of Edinburgh University of California, Davis)
Thesis Pattern and Process in the Molecular Evolution of the Order Primates(1990)
Famous Research Molecular Evolution: A Phylogenetic Approach

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Holmes was educated at University College London where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology in 1986.


He then moved to the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology in 1990 for research on molecular evolution in primates supervised by Adrian Friday.


Since 1994 he has supervised 26 doctoral students including Thomas Gilbert, Christopher Woelk, Polly Walker, Charles Edwards, Sally Twiddy, Patricia Davis, Michael Worobey, Gareth Jenkins, María Álvarez, Andrew Jackson, and Angela Brueggemann.


In March 2020, he co-authored a paper titled The proximal origins of SARS-CoV-2, published in Nature Medicine, which debunked speculation the virus may have leaked from a research facility.


These views were reported in the Financial Times in May 2020.


Before moving to Sydney in 2012, Holmes held academic appointments at various universities in the UK and USA including:


Holmes was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 2015 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.


In 2017 he was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship.


He was awarded the Scientific Medal, Zoological Society of London in 2003.


In October 2020 Holmes was named NSW Scientist of the Year.