This is a biennial award made to a scientist or scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to science in Western Australia. The award is made at the Annual General Meeting in July and is accompanied by a presentation by the recipient.
A Medal of the Royal Society of Western Australia is
every four years for distinguished work in science connected with
referred to as the RSWA Medal or Kelvin Medal, it was renamed the
RSWA Forrest Medal in 2013. The inaugural RSWA Forrest Medal will be
awarded in 2015.
Nominations should be sent to the President, Royal Society of WA,Nominations should be sent to the President, Royal Society of WA,
PO Box 7026, Karawara, WA 6152
Nomination should include:
Nominees CV, a supporting statement from the Nominator, and
supporting letters from three referees.
History of the Medal of
the Royal Society of Western Australia
Medal of The Royal Society of Western Australia was instituted in
1924 to mark the centenary of the birth of Lord Kelvin (26 June,
1825). The RSWA Medal was originally referred to as the ‘Gold
Medal’. Subsequently, it has sometimes been referred to as the
‘Kelvin Medal’ due to the association of the inaugural award with
the centennial Kelvin celebration, and because the medal bears in
relief on its obverse side the head of Kelvin.
The Medal is awarded approximately every four years,
or at such other times the Council may from time to time decide,
work in science connected with Western Australia. The original dye
for the medal, first struck in 1924, remains in the safe-keeping of
The Society. The first three medals were struck in gold, and all
subsequent medals in silver.
The RSWA Medal was renamed the
RSWA Forrest Medal in
2013. Sir John Forrest KCMG, first Premier of Western Australia and
well known naturalist, was the inaugural President of the Western
Australian Natural History Society founded in 1891. This Society was
the precursor of the Meuller Botanical Society formed in 1897, again
under the Presidency of Sir John Forrest KCMG, later to be renamed
the Western Australian Natural History Society in 1903, the Natural
History and Science Society of WA in 1909, and finally, The Royal
Society of Western Australia in 1914.