Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal

"The Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal recognizes honorees for their inspirational and pioneering spirit, whose work represents succcess despite obstacles and advances the field of tropical medicine."

The first Society-level medal to be named after a female icon in tropical medicine, the Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal recognizes honorees for their inspirational and pioneering spirit, whose work represents succcess despite obstacles and advances the field of tropical medicine. Clara Southmayd Ludlow (1852-1924) was an entomologist with scientific zeal and tenacity who battled the odds of age, gender and skepticism of women in the sciences to advance the understanding of tropical medicine.


Recipients of the Ludlow Medal will represent the best of Dr Clara Ludlow’s qualities. The Society's first women member and first non-MD member, she has been called “a spirit far advanced for her time,” who achieved a Bachelors, Masters and PhD at a time when few women were able to succeed in academics. Recipients of this highest honor from ATSMH will represent, though their work in clinical tropical medicine, teaching or scientific research in tropical medicine, the best and the brightest in the field. They will be a scientist who is not afraid to challenge giants in the field, as Dr Ludlow did, and whose work represents success despite obstacles, and whose life’s work advances understanding in the field of tropical medicine. She was remarkable, talented, unafraid and unapologetic for her work. Recipients of this award will be individuals – male or female – who persist despite the odds, and contribute to understanding and advancement of tropical medicine.

Read the 2017 Journal article about how the Ludlow Medal was created and named, and its first recipient selected.
 

2017
Ruth S. Nussenzweig
New York University School of Medicine, United States