Fred Hollows

New Zealand–Australian ophthalmologist (1929-1993)

Frederick Cossom Hollows AC (9 April 192910 February 1993) was a New Zealand-born ophthalmologist and humanitarian who devoted a great part of his life to the eradication of curable blindness among the underprivileged communities of Oceania, Asia and Africa.


  • To my mind, having a care and concern for others is the highest of the human qualities.
    • Australian of the Year Government Site [1]
  • Each year in Africa about two and a half million people go blind...and they just go blind... they sit around in their huts.
    • Culture and Recreation Government Site[2]
  • Every eye is an eye. When you are doing surgery there, that is just as important as if you were doing eye surgery on the Prime Minister or King.
    • The Fred Hollows Foundation Site[3]
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