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The Edgeworth David Medal 2013

The 2013 Edgeworth David Medal has been awarded to Associate Professor David Wilson for his exceptional contributions to the mathematical modelling of HIV/AIDS epidemics, as well as to the evaluation and strategic planning of global, regional and country‐level responses to this disease.

The Edgeworth David Medal

The Edgeworth David Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions by a young scientists under the age of thirty-five (35) years for work done mainly in Australia or its territories; or contributing to the advancement of Australian science. It is named after the pioneering geologist and longstanding supporter of the Society, Sir Edgeworth David FRS, who wrote the first comprehensive record of the geology of Australia.

In September 1942, Henry Ferdinand Halloran, who had joined the Society in 1892, decided to celebrate his jubilee as a member by making a donation to the Society. In May 1943 the Council decided to use some of Henry Halloran's gift to establish the Edgeworth David Medal, to be awarded annually to scientists under the age of 35 years.

In October 1943, the sculptor Lyndon Dadswell was commissioned to draw up a design for the Edgeworth David Medal. About three years elapsed before Dadswell finalised the design. The Council of the Society had decided at an early stage that a portrait of the late Professor Sir Edgeworth David would appear on the obverse side of the medal. Members of Council were not satisfied that the first plaster cast of the medal was a good likeness of Sir Edgeworth and a modified design was finally accepted by Council in March 1947.

The first award of the Edgeworth David Medal was made at the Annual General Meeting of the Society in April 1949.

YearRecipient Discipline
1948  R.G. Giovanelli &
E. Ritchie
Astrophysics
Organic Chemistry
1949 T.B. Kiely
Plant Pathology
1950  R.M. Berndt &
Catherine H. Berndt
Anthropology
Anthropology
1951 J.G. Bolton Radio Astronomy
1952 A.B. Wardrop Botany
1954
E.S. Barnes
Mathematics
1955
H.B.S. Womersley Botany
1956
J.M. Cowley
Chemical Physic
1957 J.M. Cowley &
J.P. Wild
Chemical Physics
Radio Astronomy
1958
P.I. Korner Physiology
1960
R.D. Brown Chemistry
1961 R.O. Slatyer Climatology
1962 R.F. Isbell
Soil Science
1963 W.H. Fletcher Physics
1964 M.E. Holman
Physiology
1965 J.L. Dillon Agricultural Economics
1966 R.I. Tanner Mechanical Engineering
1967 D.H. Green &
W.J. Peacock
Geology
Botany
1968 R.M. May Physics
1969 B.W. Ninham Physics
1970 D.A. Buckingham Inorganic Chemistry
1971
W.F. Budd Glaciology
1972 D.H. Napper &
J. Stone
Physical Chemistry
Physiology
1973 C.D. Osmond Plant Biology
1974 A.W. Snyder Physics
1975 F.J. Ballard Biochemistry
1976 R.H. Street Mathematics
1977 R.A. Antonia
Mechanical Engineering
1978 JT.W. Cole &
M.G. Clark
Astronomy
Physiology
1979 G.C. Goodwin Electrical Engineering
1980
Michael Anthony Etheridge Geology
1981 Martin Andrew Green Applied Physics
1982
Nhan Phan-Thien Mechanics
1983 Denis Wakefield Ocular Immunology
1984 Alan James Husband
Pathology
1985
Simon Charles Gandevia &
Brian James Morris
Clinical Neurophysiology
Molecular Biology
1986 Leslie David Field &
Peter Gavin Hall
Chemistry
Statistics
1987
Andrew Cockburn
Zoology
1988 Peter Andrew Lay
Inorganic Chemistry
1989
Trevor William Hambley
Chemistry
1990 Timothy Fridjof Flannery Taxonomy & Phylogeny - Macropodidea
1991 Mark Harvey Taxonomy - Invertebrates
1992 Peter James Goadsby &
Keith Alexander Nugent
Neurophysiology
Optics
1993 John Skerritt Agriculture (Genetics)
1994 Richard Hume Middleton Electrical Engineering
1995 Anthony Bruce Murphy
Physics
1996
Peter Alexander Robinson
Physics
1997
Albert Zomaya
Mathematics
1998
Not awarded

1999
Dr Merlin Crossley
Molecular Biology
2000
Dr Michael Coon Yoong Lee
Zoology
2001
Dr Samantha Richardson
Evolution
2002
Professor Marcella Bilek
Physics
2003
Dr Stuart Robert Batten
Chemistry
2004
Dr Cameron Kepert
Chemistry
2005
A/Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Chemistry
2006
Professor Barry Brook
Environmental Science
2007
A/Professor Stuart Wyithe Astrophysics
2008
Dr Adam Micolich Physics
2009
A/Professor  Nagarajan Valanoor Materials Science
2010
A/Professor  Angela Moles Botany
2011
Dr Trent Woodruff Pharmacology
2012
Dr Joanne Whittaker Geophysics
2012
A/Professor David Wilson Mathematics and Public Health

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