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Biographical entry Holan, George (1930 - )

12 December 1930
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Chemist and Medical Research


George Holan is a chemist who made significant contributions to the agricultural industry when in the 1960s, while working for Monsanto, he developed Cycloprothrin, the first insecticide that was designed to effect only the target pest, while being non-toxic to the ecosystem into which it was introduced.

Holan joined the CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry in 1965, where he became a Fellow in 1993. He retired in 1995 but continued to work as principal research scientist for the BRI and Stapharma until 2006.

In the 1970s Holan created pest-specific insect repellents, specifically to deter black fly and tse-tse fly, carriers of river blindness and sleeping sickness in the Ivory Coast and Kenya.

Holan has also initiated research and development medication to counteract many of society's most fatal viruses such as AIDS, HIV, Dengue Virus, Hepatitis B and C.



Education - Diploma of Applied Chemistry from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1955 - 1960
Career position - Research Chemist, Monsanto Co (AU) Ltd Melbourne
Career position - Research Specialist in charge of New Products, Agrichemical and Pharmaceutical Group, Monsanto Chemicals (AU) Ltd
1961 - 1962
Career position - Visiting Scientist, Central Research Laboratory of Monsanto Co St Louis, MO, USA
Career position - Leader, Exploratory Research Group-Research Laboratories Monsanto (AU) Ltd Melbourne
1965 - 1966
Career position - Senior Research Specialist, Monsanto (AU) Ltd Melbourne, Head New Products Research
1966 - 1979
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry
Education - Fellowship Diploma (by research), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1979 - 1993
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry
Education - Doctorate of Applied Science (DSc), RMIT University
1993 - c. 1996
Career position - CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry
1996 - 1997
Career position - Principal Scientific Consultant in Medicinal Chemistry to the BRI
1996 - 1997
Career position - CSIRO Post-Retirement Fellow
1997 - 2000
Career position - Principal Research Scientist and Head of Chemistry in the BRI
2000 - 2006
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, Starpharma Pty, Ltd

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