The Chambers Medal


The Chambers Medal is named after Sir Paul Chambers, a former president (1964-65) of the Society and chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries. It is awarded every three years to a fellow, who has not held or been elected to the office of President, for outstanding services to the Society.

2021 recipient: Sara Hilditch

Sara has been secretary and treasurer of the Sheffield local group of the society for many years, organising seminar programmes, booking speakers and rooms, and undertaking the often invisible but absolutely vital work that keeps RSS a lively and effective institution. Read the full citation.

2017 recipient: Scott Heald

For guiding the Society through a time of organisational change and revolutionising interactions with staff. Characteristically, Scott’s whole approach was one of openness and transparency, gaining the respect of the staff even when delivering unwelcome messages. He ensured the best possible deal for all staff within the constraints on the Society and contributed outstandingly to its stability and positive culture.