1 - Lawrence Percival Coombes

Date Range1899 - 3 June 1988

1899 : Born Madras, India
1915 : Began course in engineering at City and Guilds Institute.
1917-1918 : With RNAS No.10 Naval Squadron and RAF 210 Squadron as Pilot of Sopwith Camels in France. Awarded DFC.
1918 : Freeman of the City of London for war services
1919 : Barnstorming on BE2Es with Kingsford Smith
1920 : London BSc, Degree in Engineering with 1st Class Honours from City and Guilds Engineering College
1920-1924 : With C.A. Parsons and Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne. Apprenticeship and Research Department.
1924-1925 : Royal Aircraft Establishment, Aerodynamics Department (in wind tunnels).
1925-1930 : Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, Felixstowe. First scientific officer under Maurice Wright then H.M.Garner.
1926 : 6 April. Married to Annie Marie Lee (Nancy).
1928 : 2 September, daughter Shirley Ruth born.
1930-1938 : RAE. In charge of Seaplane Tank.
1932 : 15 February, daughter Josephine born.
1938 : Travelled to Australia to establish the Aeronautical Research Laboratories, a Division under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. First Chief Superintendent.
1943 : Appointed agent for the Overseas Corporation (Aust) Pty.Ltd.
1945 : Elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
1946 : Inaugural meeting of the Commonwealth Advisory Aeronautical Research Council in London (of which LPC a member).
1949 : ARL transferred to the Research and Development Branch of the Department of Supply, becoming one of the Defence Science Laboratories.
1953 : Chairman of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society on its formation in 1953. Eventually became President of the Australian Division of the Society.
: Elected Fellow of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences.
: Elected Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute.
1964 : Retired as Chief Superintendant of ARL
: Awarded the honour of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
1965-1972 : Christ Church involvement
1968 : Awarded the Kernot Medal by University of Melbourne
1975 : 19 March, Awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa, by Monash University.
: Foundation Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences.
1988 : Died, 3 June.

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on AustehcWeb, July 2008
With support from The Coombes Family, in particular Jo Johnson and Shirley Macleish, The Aeronautical Research Laboratory, DSTO Australia, J.R. Baxter , A.E. Billington, L.M. Bland, F.G. Blight, R.L. Brooks, R. Bruton, B.G. Catchpole, A. Chilton, D.C. Collis, B.L. Cumming, J.B. Dance, W.B. Duncan, A.B. Emslie, C. Frame, F.A. Fox, R.I. Garrod, D.G. Hurley, S.T.M. Johnstone, A.G. Jones, C.N. King, F.G. Lewis, E.S. Moody, R.V. Pavia, A.O. Payne, D. Secomb, D.G. Stewart, R.A.Wallis, H.L. Wain, J.C. Wisdom and And others who contributed to the L.P. Coombes Appeal
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