RSWA Awards
   Medal of the Royal Society of Western Australia
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 awarded approximately every four years for distinguished work in science connected with Western Australia.

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Formerly 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: 

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.

Sir John Forrest KCMG  

History of the Medal of the Royal Society of Western Australia

The 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, for distinguished 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. 

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE MEDAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
1924 Dr W J Hancock: radiography; medical application of x-rays.
1929 Dr E S Simpson: mineralogy and geology of WA.
1933 Mr W M Carne: plant pathology; the bitter pill of apples.
1937 Mr A G Maitland: Pilbara survey and artesian water supplies.
1941 Professor E de C Clarke: geology of WA.
1945 Mr L Glauert: natural sciences.
1949 Mr C A Gardner: botany, the flora of WA.
1955 Dr H W Bennetts: veterinary science; live stock diseases.
1959 Professor E J Underwood: animal nutrition and husbandry.
1966 Mr C F H Jenkins: agricultural entomology and natural history.
1970 Professor R T Prider: geology, petrology and mineralogy.
1979 Professor R M Berndt: anthropology; aboriginal studies.
1979 Emer Professor B J Grieve: botany; ecophysiology and the flora of WA.
1979 Dr D L Serventy: zoology; ornithology and nature conservation.
1983 Dr J S Beard: botany; vegetation classification and mapping.
1986 Professor C A Parker: soil biology.
1995 Emer Professor A R Main: zoology; ecology and nature conservation.
1997 Professor E P Hodgkin: estuarine studies.
1997 Professor A J McComb: plant growth and ecology.
2001 Dr P Playford: geology and history of discovery in WA2005 
2005 Professor D I Groves: economic geology and mineralogy.
2005 Dr K J McNamara: palaeontology and evolutionary palaeobiology.
2010 Emer Professor S D Bradshaw: ecophysiology; wildlife conservation.