Chalmers Medal

An annual award for researchers aged 46 years or under.

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 only to researchers in Tropical Medicine or International Health aged 46 or under.

The medal was last awarded in 2018 to Professor Rashida Ferrand

Nominations for 2019 will open later in the year.