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Coombes, Lawrence Percival (1899 - 1988)

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Aeronautical scientist
Born: 9 April 1899  Madras, India.  Died: 3 June 1988.
Lawrence Percival Coombes was the first Chief Superintendent of the Aeronautical Research Laboratories firstly under CSIR 1938-48 and then under the Department of Supply 1949-64. During part of 1919 he was a pilot with Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.

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Born 9 April 1899. Died 3 June 1988. CBE 1964, DFC ca 1918. Educated City and Guilds Engineering College, London (BScEng). Royal Navy Air Services and Royal Air Force 1917-19, C.A.Parsons & Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne 1920-24, Scientific Officer, Aerodynamics Department, Royal Aircraft Establishment 1924-25, first scientific officer, Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, Felixstowe 1925-30, in charge of Seaplane Tank, Royal Aircraft Establishment 1930-38, Chief, Division of Aeronautics, CSIR 1938-48, Chief Superintendent, Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Department of Supply, Melbourne 1949-64. Lawrence Hargrave Memorial Medal 1957, Kingsford-Smith Memorial Medal 1962, Kernot Memorial Medal 1968.
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