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.

The Chambers Medal is awarded triennially and will next be awarded in 2024*.  

The nomination form contains the criteria for this award. We also recommend reading the Guidance Notes available at before completing the form. Nominations are open between 1 May to 31 October each year

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.

Nomination form and criteria
Chambers Medal nomination form 

*Nominations are not sought in the two years after an award has been made, but subsequently are solicited every year until a candidate of suitable merit is nominated.