Randy Holmes-Farley

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 40 patents, numerous publications, and several awards in a variety of chemical fields. In 1992 he helped start a pharmaceutical company where he is now the Vice President of Chemical Research (GelTex Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Genzyme). Randy is also the co-inventor of two commercial pharmaceuticals (Renagel and WelChol).

Randy has been reefkeeping for about 7 years, and has been active on a variety of internet boards for that same period where he has been especially involved in chemistry-related issues. He is presently a consultant at Fishnet and is the host of The Reef Chemistry Forum at Reef Central. He has authored many reefkeeping articles with a chemistry emphasis for Fishnet, Aquarium Frontiers, Advanced Aquarists Online Magazine, and this one (Reefkeeping).

Randy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts (outside of Boston) with his wife Becky and two daughters (ShuLan, 2, and Savannah, 4) who were adopted from China. He also spends a fair amount of time in upstate New York (Webster) where he and Becky grew up and presently have a vacation home on Lake Ontario (where the picture above was taken on a very windy day!)

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