Walter Reed Medal

To recognize distinguished accomplishment in the field of tropical medicine.

The Walter Reed Medal is awarded every third year to recognize distinguished accomplishments in the field of tropical medicine. The story of how Walter Reed led the Yellow Fever Commission in Havana that discovered the mosquito vector of the disease is legendary and not repeated here. The first award was made to Mrs. Walter Reed and to the Rockefeller Foundation. It is of interest that in 1942 in a spirit of ecumenism, the award was made posthumously to Carlos J. Finlay - a Cuban contemporary of Walter Reed - to whom many Latin Americans credit the original idea that yellow fever was a mosquito-borne disease.

2011
Louis Miller
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

2008
Richard L. Guerrant

2005
Karl Johnson

2002
Thomas Monath

1999
Philip Russell

1996
Thomas Weller

1993
Donald Henderson
George Craig, Jr.
Robert Shope

1990
Paul Beaver
Will Burgdorfer

1987
William Reeves

1984
Wilbur Downs

1981
Harry Most

1978
Harry Hoogstraal

1975
Robert Briggs Watson

1972
Fred Soper

1969
Albert Sabin

1966
Henry Meleney

1963
Ernest Carroll Faust

1962
William Cort

1960
Sir Gordon Covell

1958
Willard Wright

1956
Karl Meyer

1953
Lewis Hackett

1950
Rolla Dyer

1948
N. Swellengrebel

1946
Paul Russell

1944
James Simmons

1942
Carlos Finlay

1940
Herbert Clark

1939
William Castle

1936
Mrs. Walter Reed
The Rockefeller Foundation