Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,[1] more commonly known by its acronym RSTMH, was founded in 1907 by Sir James Cantlie and George Carmichael Low. Sir Patrick Manson, the Society's first President (1907–1909), was recognised as "the father of tropical medicine" by his biographer.[2] He passed the post on to Sir Ronald Ross (president 1909–1911), discoverer of the role of mosquitoes in the transmission of malaria.

The objectives of RSTMH are "to promote and advance the study, control and prevention of diseases in man and other animals in the tropics and sub-tropics, facilitate discussion and exchange of information among those who are interested in tropical diseases and international health, and generally to promote the work of those interested in these objectives".[3]

In 1920, King George V gave his permission for RSTMH to use the Royal prefix. Queen Elizabeth II is patron of the society and the Princess Royal is an Honorary Fellow.


In 2011 the Society moved from Manson House, 26 Portland Place, London, to its current premises in Northumberland House, 303-306 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7JZ


RSTMH publishes two peer reviewed journals, Transactions (Journal)[4] and International Health (Journal)[5]

Awards and medals[edit]

RSTMH awards the Chalmers Medal and Donald Mackay Medal annually and the Manson Medal, the George MacDonald Medal and the Sir Rickard Christophers Medal triennially.[6]

Five special Centenary Medals were awarded in 1907, two for lifetime achievement and three for special achievement by an under-45 year old.


A complete list of presidents [7] and their inaugural presidential addresses [8] can be found on the Transactions website.


  1. ^ RSTMH website. Retrieved on 23 January 2014 from
  2. ^ Sir Philip Henry Manson-Bahr (1962). Patrick Manson, the father of tropical medicine. T. Nelson. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "RSTMH home page". Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Transactions. Retrieved from on 27 Jan 2014.
  5. ^ International Health Journal. Retrieved from on 27 Jan 2014.
  6. ^ "RSTMH Awards". Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Hay, S.I. and McHugh, G.M. (2013). Presidential addresses of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: 1907–2013. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 107 (10):603-607. Retrieved from on 27 January 2014.
  8. ^ Presidential addresses of the RSTMH retrieved from on 27 January 2014

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