Virologist Eddie Holmes takes top science award

The University of Sydney researched is honoured with the PM’s prize for science following his work on COVID-19

Last night he said the last 18 months had “taught me two important things” That “scientists must share their data as openly and freely as possible” and “society must trust into science. It is science that will help solve some of the great challenges we face, like COVID.”

Professor Holmes was a member of the team that identified and publicly shared the entire genome of the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.

It is one of many big years, last October he was NSW scientist of the year. In 2017, the UK Royal Society made him a foreign fellow. In June, the Australian Research Council conferred a laureate fellowship, with $3.4m for research and in October he won the NSW Premier’s Science and Engineering award.