Summary

Medal replica of original issued by Karolinska Institute in Sweden to Sir John Eccles in 1963.
Artist: Erik Lindberg
Awarded to: John Eccles - Australian Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 1963
John Eccles shared the Nobel prize in 1963 for research on communication between nerve cells in the central nervous system. Eccles' work was fundamental to our understanding of how the brain and nervous system work.
The Eccles team was ingenious in developing new devices to measure nerve conduction. He worked in an era without calculators and computers.
At one point Eccles decided to disprove his own theory of electrical conduction between nerves, a wise approach as the observation of chemical nerve conduction became his Nobel prize winning work.
Eccles was born in Melbourne and completed his early training at the University of Melbourne. He worked in Canberra but also worked many stints overseas in Britain, New Zealand and the USA and finally left Australia at age 65 so he could continue his work (Australian academics had a compulsory retirement age of 65).

Physical Description

Medal cast in gold-coloured metal.

Obverse Description

The figures represent the Genius of Medicine holding an open book in her lap, collecting water pouring out of a rock in a bowl to quench a sick girl's thirst. Around, INVENTAS VITAM IUVAT EXCOLUISSE PER ARTESThis passage is taken from Virgil's Aenieid and means And they who bettered life on earth by new-found mastery. REG UNIVERSITAS MED. -CHIR. CAROL. This stands for the Karolinska Institute that awards the prize in medicine or physiology. In plaque at bottom , SIR JOHN ECCLES / MCMLXIII. Artists name E. LINDBERG.

Reverse Description

Bust of Alfred Nobel ; reads ALFR. NOBEL / NAT. / MDCCC / XXXIII OB. / MDCCC / XCVI. Artists name E. LINDBERG 1902.

Significance

These replicas of the Nobel Prizes won in medicine by Sir John Eccles, Professor Peter Doherty, and Sir Macfarlane Burnet signify Australian expertise in the field of international medical research. They were commissioned by MV in 2000 for inclusion in the Medical Melbourne exhibition and were on display for several years (2000-2005).

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Medicine & Health, Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Purchase

  • Acknowledgement

    Refer to rights folder - currently in R. Leveson's files

  • Date Issued

    1963 AD

  • Issued By

    Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 1963

  • Mint

    Myntverket, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002

  • Artist

    Erik Lindberg, Sweden, 1902

  • Awarded To

    Sir John Eccles, Australia, 1963

  • Person Depicted

    Alfred Nobel, Sweden, 1902

  • Inscriptions

    The figures represent the Genius of Medicine holding an open book in her lap, collecting water pouring out of a rock in a bowl to quench a sick girl's thirst. Around, INVENTAS VITAM IUVAT EXCOLUISSE PER ARTESThis passage is taken from Virgil's Aenieid and means And they who bettered life on earth by new-found mastery. REG UNIVERSITAS MED. -CHIR. CAROL. This stands for the Karolinska Institute that awards the prize in medicine or physiology. In plaque at bottom , SIR JOHN ECCLES / MCMLXIII. Artists name E. LINDBERG. Reverse inscription: Bust of Alfred Nobel ; reads ALFR. NOBEL / NAT. / MDCCC / XXXIII OB. / MDCCC / XCVI. Artists name E. LINDBERG 1902.

  • Classification

    Medals, Civil, Medicine & health

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • overall dimensions

    5 mm (Depth), 65 mm (Outside Diameter)

  • Shape

    Round

  • References

    Excerpt taken from Cultures of Creativity, the catalogue of the Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize. Editor Ulf Larsson, Science History Publications USA 2001.

  • Keywords

    Medical Research, Nobel Prize, Public Health