RSWA Medal

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The RSWA Medal is an award from the Royal Society of Western Australia, established to honour outstanding work and achievement in science relative to Western Australia.

In 1924, the Royal Society of Western Australia decided to commemorate the centenary of the birth (26 June 1824) of William Thomson, Lord Kelvin. The event was marked by the creation of the Gold Medal of the Royal Society. The award was established to honour outstanding work and achievement in science relative to Western Australia.[1][2] Miss Enid Isabel Allum, of 7 Richardson Street West Perth was commissioned to design the medal for £5-5-0 honorarium. Miss Allum was a member of the Royal Society of Western Australia, and had previously been Treasurer and Social Committee member. The Royal Mint at Perth commissioned the firm of Messrs. Stokes & Co, of Melbourne to produce the dye for the medal. In 1924, the inaugural medal was presented to Dr. William John Hancock. The first three medals were struck in gold in 1924, 1929, and 1933, and ever since the medals have been struck in silver. It is also known as the Kelvin Gold Medal.[3]

In 2013, the RSWA Medal was renamed the RSWA Forrest Medal in honour of Sir John Forrest.[4][5][6]

Recipients of Kelvin Gold Medal[edit]

Year Name Ref Affiliation Field of Study
1924 William John Hancock [7] Perth Public Hospital radiography; medical application of x-rays.
1929 E S Simpson [8] mineralogy and geology of WA.
1933 W M Carne [9] plant pathology; the bitter pill of apples.
1937 Andrew Gibb Maitland [10] Pilbara survey and artesian water supplies.
1941 Edward de Courcy Clarke [11] geology of WA.
1945 L Glauert [12] natural sciences.
1949 Charles A. Gardner Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew botany, the flora of WA.
1955 Harold William Bennetts veterinary science; live stock diseases.
1959 E J Underwood animal nutrition and husbandry.
1966 Clee Francis Howard Jenkins agricultural entomology and natural history.
1970 R T Prider geology, petrology and mineralogy.
1979 Ronald Murray Berndt anthropology; aboriginal studies.
1979 B J Grieve botany; ecophysiology and the flora of WA.
1979 Dominic Louis Serventy zoology; ornithology and nature conservation.
1983 John Stanley Beard botany; vegetation classification and mapping.
1986 C A Parker soil biology.
1995 Albert Russell Main zoology; ecology and nature conservation.
1997 Ernest Pease Hodgkin estuarine studies.
1997 Arthur James McComb plant growth and ecology.
2001 Phillip E. Playford geology and history of early Dutch exploration
2005 David I Groves economic geology
2005 Kenneth J McNamara palaeontology
2010 Sidney Donald Bradshaw ecophysiology

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE ROYAL SOCIETY". The West Australian. XL, (6, 902). Western Australia. 10 July 1924. p. 8. Retrieved 20 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "KELVIN CENTENARY". The West Australian. XL, (6, 893). Western Australia. 30 June 1924. p. 8. Retrieved 20 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Medal of the Royal Society of Western Australia". The Royal Society of Western Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ Jenkins, C. F. H. (1965). A history of the Royal Society of Western Australia, and its role in the community. In Presidential Address. (48): 33-44.
  5. ^ Bougher, A., & Semeniuk, V. (1991). A Bibliography and Index to the Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia. Royal Society of Western Australia. (74): 1-35.
  6. ^ Recher, H. (1998). A brief history of the Journals, Crests, Medal and Seal of the Royal Society of Western Australia and previous Societies, 1897-1997. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia. (81): 1-4.
  7. ^ "ROYAL SOCIETY'S MEDAL". The West Australian. XL, (6, 901). Western Australia. 9 July 1924. p. 7. Retrieved 20 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "ROYAL SOCIETY". The West Australian. XLV, (8, 396). Western Australia. 18 May 1929. p. 19. Retrieved 20 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "ROYAL SOCIETY MEDAL". The West Australian. XLIX, (9, 583). Western Australia. 15 March 1933. p. 12. Retrieved 20 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "ROYAL SOCIETY". The West Australian. 53, (15, 896). Western Australia. 9 June 1937. p. 19. Retrieved 20 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "ROYAL SOCIETY'S MEDAL". The West Australian. 57, (17, 162). Western Australia. 9 July 1941. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "PERSONAL". The West Australian. 61, (18, 386). Western Australia. 16 June 1945. p. 6. Retrieved 21 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia.

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