Nominations for the 2019 Chalmers Medal are now closed.
In 1921 Mrs Chalmers, widow of Dr Albert John Chalmers, MD, FRCS, DPH, well known for his work on tropical medicine, gave £500 to RSTMH in memory of her husband. Council decided to devote this money to the foundation of the Chalmers Memorial Medal.
The medal, which is in silver gilt, bears a likeness of Dr Chalmers and the motto Zonae torridae tutamen on one side, and the other side is a representation of Anopheles gambiae above a spray of the cinchona plant and encircled by the name of the Society.
Dr Chalmers was born in Manchester in 1870 and began his distinguished tropical career in Ghana where he worked from 1897 to 1901. He spent the following ten years in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) before becoming a Holt Fellow of University College, Liverpool. From 1913 to 1920 he was Director of the Wellcome Research Laboratories in the Sudan. He died in Calcutta on 05 April 1920.
He was an investigator who took a great interest in supporting the work of younger researchers, and always ready with help and encouragement.
With this in mind, the Chalmers Medal is awarded to researchers in tropical medicine or international health who obtained their last relevant qualification between 15 and 20 years ago, allowing for career breaks, who demonstrate evidence of mentoring and professional development of junior investigators, and other forms of capacity-building in line with Dr Chalmers’ own values.
The medal was last awarded in 2019 to Samson Kinyanjui.