Recognition and awards
Professor Fred Hollows believed in “equity between people” and was committed to ending avoidable blindness. It goes without saying that he was a remarkable character. Thanks to his hard work and vision, more than one million people around the world can see today.
Advance Australia Award for Aboriginal eye care (Advance Australia Foundation)
Australian Human Rights Medal (Australian Human Rights Commission)
Australian of the Year (National Australia Day Council)
Advance Australia Award for Medicine and Overseas Aid (Advance Australia Foundation)
Humanist of the Year (Council of Australian Humanist Societies)
Named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International
Awarded Honorary Doctorates of Medicine and Science, UNSW
Appointed Companion, General Division of the Order of Australia (AC)
Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science, Macquarie University
Named Eritrea's first honorary citizen
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queensland University of Technology
Albert Schweitzer Award of Distinction, Chapman University, USA
Rotary Award for World Understanding (Rotary International’s highest honour, other recipients include Pope John-Paul II, Perez de Cuellar, Vaclav Havel and the International Red Cross)
The Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists Medal for years of distinguished meritorious and selfless service (presented the evening before Fred died)
Posthumously named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International
One of five people awarded 'Hall of Fame' status at the inaugural NSW Aboriginal Health Awards (NSW Health), for “his many accomplishments” including “establishing the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern (and later throughout Australia) and the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program (NTEHP)”
Named one of The Bulletin magazine's 100 Most Influential Australians
Included in Prime TV's "New Zealand's Top 100 History Makers"
Voted one of our top 10 favourite Australians for the joint National Portrait Gallery/ABC ‘moving’ portraits exhibition My Favourite Australian
Nominated most inspirational Australian ‘doer’ in an AGL Energy survey, ahead of heart specialist Dr Victor Chang (2nd) and cricketer Glen McGrath (3rd)
Featured on a new Australian $1 coin – the coin is part of the Royal Australian Mint’s Inspirational Australians series; it is uncirculated and aimed at collectors
Named a founding member of the Palmerston North Boys' High School Business Alumni.