James Cook Medal - The Royal Society of NSW

The James Cook Medal

The James Cook Medal is awarded periodically by the Royal Society of New South Wales for outstanding contributions to science and human welfare in and for the Southern Hemisphere.

Nominations for the 2018 award will close on 30 September 2018. A letter of nomination and the nominee's full curriculum vitae should be sent to the Awards Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The medal will be presented at the Society's Annual Dinner.

The James Cook Medal was established in 1947 with funding by Henry Ferdinand Halloran.  Halloran, who joined the Society in 1892 as a 23-year-old, was a surveyor, engineer and town planner.  He did not publish in the Society's Journal but he was a very enthusiastic supporter of research.  Henry Halloran funded what were to become the Society's two most prestigious awards, the James Cook Medal and the Edgeworth David Medal, the latter being an award for promising young scientists.

James Cook Medal 2017

The Medal for 2017 will be awarded to Scientia Professor Gordon Parker AO FRANZCP FASSA.  He is Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Parker’s research has been focused on psychiatry, specialising in clinical research in mental health, in particular depression and bipolar disorder. He was founding Director of the internationally recognised Black Dog Institute, dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. Thus, his contributions have had a major and lasting impact on human welfare in Australia, the Southern Hemisphere and beyond. 

Year Recipient
1947 The Rt. Hon. J.C. Smuts
1948 B.A. Houssay
1950 Sir Neil H. Fairley
1951 Sir Norman McAlister Gregg
1952 W.L. Waterhouse
1953 Sir David Rivett
1954 Sir Frank M. Burnet
1955 A.P. Elkin
1956 Sir Ian Clunies Ross
1959 Albert Schweitzer
1961 Sir John Eccles
1964 M.R. Lemberg
1965 John Gunther
1966 Sir William Hudson
1969 Lord Casey of Berwick
1974 Sir Marcus L. Oliphant
1975 A. Walsh
1977 I.A. Watson
1978 Sir Lawrence J. Wackett
1979 Robert J. Walsh
1984 Ronald Lawrie Huckstep
1985 Donald Metcalf
1987 Phillip Garth Law
1991 Graeme Milbourne Clark
1994 Sir Gustav Nossal
2013 Brien Holden
2014 Martin Green
2016 David Cooper
2017 Gordon Parker

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