Sir Rickard Christophers Medal

Latest Sir Rickard Christophers Medal awardee

The Sir Rickard Christophers Medal was last awarded in 2018 to Professor Bridget Wills. She is the first female recipient of this award.

Professor Wills has developed a world-leading research programme on dengue, spanning clinical to epidemiological research, on wide range of aspects of treating and controlling dengue.

Her work has helped our understanding of the epidemiology and best methods of control for dengue, particularly in the south of Vietnam. She has provided support for Wolbachia trials and, more recently, taken part in research considering the logistical challenges in implementing a dengue vaccine programmes.

She has supervised numerous researchers and provides unwavering support, and clear, constructive guidance. She has particularly supported Vietnamese clinicians as they combine clinical and research work and provided them with the opportunities to become successful clinical researchers.

Professor Wills has particularly found the time to support women in science, providing sponsorship and opportunities for individuals to further their career.

History of the Sir Rickard Christophers Medal

Sir Rickard Christophers was President of the Society between 1939 and 1943.

From 1898, when he was appointed member of the Malaria Commission of the Royal Society, to 30 years working in India and another three decades of work in London and Cambridge, Sir Rickard's contribution to many branches of medical and other sciences was immense.

The impact of his studies on malariology and entomology was deep and lasting; his fundamental investigations of the pathology, immunology, epidemiology and control of insect-borne diseases made him a true "compleat scientist" of our age.

Sir Rickard died in 1978, aged 104, after a lifetime spent in the relentless and inspired pursuit of knowledge.

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene decided to commemorate the life and achievements of Sir Rickard by endowing a medal.

The Sir Rickard Christophers Medal is awarded for work in tropical medicine and hygiene in its broadest sense and in particular for practical and field applications.

Eligibility and nominations 

Nominations are open to anyone working in tropical medicine. Nominations must provide evidence of outstanding work in tropical medicine and hygiene, and evidence of practical and field applications.

Fellows and members of RSTMH are invited to nominate an RSTMH fellow or member to be awarded the Sir Rickard Christophers Medal.

The medal is awarded every three years, and will next be awarded in 2021.