Randy Holmes-Farley has a BA in chemistry
and biology from Cornell University (1982) and a PhD in chemistry
from Harvard University (1986). He has 57 patents, numerous
publications and several awards in a variety of chemical fields.
In 1992 he helped start a pharmaceutical company (GelTex Pharmaceuticals).
It was eventually bought by Genzyme where he now has the title
of Vice President, Chemical Research. Randy is also the co-inventor
of two commercial pharmaceuticals (Renagel and WelChol).
Randy has been keeping reef aquaria for
just over 10 years. He has been active on a variety of reef
internet forums for that same period, and has been especially
involved in chemistry-related discussions. For the past four
years he has moderated The
Reef Chemistry Forum at Reef Central. He has authored
many reefkeeping articles with a chemistry emphasis for Fishnet,
Aquarists Online Magazine, and this one (Reefkeeping).
Randy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts
(outside of Boston) with his wife Becky and two daughters
(ShuLan, 6, and Savannah, 8).