The Daniel Thomas Award

For dedicated service to pharmacy.

The Daniel Thomas Award is open to any RPS member who has lost their life while working in pharmacy.

In memory of Daniel Thomas, this award recognises RPS members who die under tragic circumstances while actively working as pharmacists or pharmaceutical scientists. It can be awarded posthumously to any pharmacist who died after 15 April 1841, the date when the RPS was created.

History of the Daniel Thomas Medal

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some pharmacists gave their lives after contracting the virus while working. To acknowledge their bravery, and that of others, we want to honour and recognise RPS members who died while working.

About Daniel Thomas

Born in 1880, pharmacist Daniel Thomas practiced in Tonypandy in Wales in the early 19th century.

At the beginning of the First World War he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and served in the 1st Welsh Casualty Clearing Station in Egypt, where he reached the rank of Corporal.

Tragically, in 1917, the infirmary tent he was working in took a direct mortar hit and Thomas was killed. He is buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in El-Qantarah el-Sharqiyya, Egypt.