MA (Western Australia), PhD (London), Hon. LLD (Melbourne, Sydney, ANU), Hon.LittD (Western Australia). FAA, Honorary Fellow, FAHA, LSE, ANZAAS

(Deceased), 1997-10-29

"Nugget" Coombs was one of Australia's most outstanding and influential public servants, serving and advising seven prime ministers over a 30-year period. Coombs had a profound influence behind the scenes in business and politics and worked hard to achieve a distinctive social, economic and cultural place for all Australians, particularly Aboriginal Australians

1976 Companion of the Order of Australia (1976 resigned)

Foundation member of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Hon. LLD (ANU, Macquarie, Melbourne, Sydney), Hon. DLitt (WA),

1961 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics

1963 the Royal Society of Arts (London) awarded him the R.B. Bennett Commonwealth Prize for services to 'banking, economics and the arts'

1972 Australian of the Year

1977 ANZAAS Medal at the 48th Congress of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science