Obituary: Professor Brian Brown

Brian Brown, one of the doyens of the world of optometry research, has died

News has just come in that one of the doyens of the world of optometry research has died. Brian Brown was an Australian optometrist whose career was dedicated to research. He is known to hundreds of people around the world who have collaborated with him in his research or whose research training he supervised.

He remains almost unknown in UK optometry although he laid many foundations we all use. For example, the pioneering work of Kate and Paul Gifford on myopia in Brisbane, and Pauline Cho in Hong Kong, would probably not have blossomed had Queensland University of Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University not become such strong research bases under Brian’s inspire leadership thirty years earlier

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