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Brien Anthony Holden, Australian Optometry educator, researcher. Recipient award for distinguished research on cornea and contact lenses U. Houston College Optometry, 1994, Ruben medal International Society for Contact Lens Research, medal for outstanding achievement in field contact lenses British Contact Lens Association, 1997, Medal Order Australia for services to eye care education and research, 1997.


Holden, Brien Anthony was born on January 6, 1942 in Melbourne, Australia. Son of Brien Desmond and Violet Ernestine Holden.


Bachelor Applied Science, Licentiate Science, University Melbourne, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, City University, London, 1971. Diploma in contact lens practice, British College Optometrists, 1990.

Doctor of Science (honorary), State University of New York, 1994. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Pennsylvania College Optometry, 1998. Doctor of Science (honorary), City University London, 1999.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University The University of Durban-Westville, South Africa, 2002.


Lecturer, U. NSW School Optometry, Sydney, Australia, 1971-1975;senior lecturer, U. NSW School Optometry, Sydney, Australia, 1975-1985;associate professor, U. NSW School Optometry, Sydney, Australia, 1985-1990;professor, U. NSW School Optometry, Sydney, Australia, since 1990;founder, director cornea and contact lens research unit, U. NSW School Optometry, Sydney, Australia, since 1976;acting head School, U. NSW School Optometry, Sydney, Australia, 1989-1990;director, Cooperative Research Center for Eye Research and Technology, Sydney, since 1991.


President Kensington Soccer Club, Sydney, 1973-1983, Astrolake Sports Club, Sydney, 1983-1987. Fellow American Academy Optometry (diplomate cornea and contact lens section, Glenn A. Fry award), Victorian College Optometry. Member Australian Optometric Association (H.B. Collins research medal 1988), Contact Lens Society Australia (Kenneth W. Bell medal 1993), Australian Fulbright Association (Foundation member, senior scholar 1982).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golf, tennis.


Married Yvonne Anne Flahavin. Children: Anthony David, Karen, Jane, Daniel Bradley.