Who: Prince Mahidol Award 2015
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
When: 29 January 2016
Why: For contributions in health & medicine
Prince Mahidol Award 2015 was conferred upon Professor Morton Mower and Sir Michael Marmot for outstanding achievements in medicine and public health worldwide.
The award was presented on 29 January 2016 at the Grand Palace in Bangkok by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on behalf of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, who couldn’t attend the ceremony due to ill health.
Mower, a citizen of the USA, received the award in the category ofmedicine for invention of the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. The device helps in monitoring heart rate and rhythm and delivers electrical current when abnormality is detected.
Marmot, a citizen of the UK, won the award in public health category for his evidence-based evaluation of the role of Social Determinants of Health, a concept that was adopted by the government of the UK and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate health inequalities.
About Prince Mahidol Award
• It was established in 1992 to commemorate the 100th birthday anniversary of Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who is recognized by the Thais as the father of modern medicine and public health of Thailand.
• The award is presented by the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation that was established under the Royal Patronage of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
• It is bestowed upon individuals or institutions that have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of medical, and public health and human services in the world.
• It is conferred upon by the King of Thailand with prizes worth a total of 100000 US dollars.
• Every year, a committee, consisting of world-renowned scientists and public health experts recommend the selection of laureates.
• The committee also recommends on the number of prizes to be awarded annually, which shall not exceed two in any one year.
• The two categories – medicine and public health- were established in commemoration of Prince Mahidol’s graduation with Doctor of Medicine (Cum Laude) and Certificate of Public Health.
• Since its inception in 1992, Dilip Mahalanabis, a pediatrician, is the only Indian who received the award.