2015 Prince Mahidol Award won by Morton Mower, Michael Marmot [ Current Affairs ]
About Morton Mower: Dr. Morton M. Mower is an American cardiologist and the co-inventor of the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that keeps track of our heart rate.
- Thin wires connect the ICD to our heart.
- If an irregular heartbeat is detected the device will deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat if your heart is beating untidily or too fast.
- He has served in several professional abilities atSinai Hospital and Cardiac Pacemakers Inc.
- In 1996, he became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mower Research Associates.
About Michael Marmot:
- Sir Michael Gideon Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.
- He is currently serves as director ofThe UCL Institute of Health Equity Professor.
- He has led research groups on health disparities for over 35 years.
- He was Chairperson of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by theWorld Health Organization in 2005 and formed “Closing the Gap in a Generation” in August 2008.
About winning of 2015 Prince Mahidol Award:
- Morton Mower from US and Sir Michael Marmot from UK have won the prestigious 2015 Prince Mahidol Award for their outstanding achievements in the international healthcare sector.
- Thailand’s king Bhumibol Adulyadej bestowed the awards to both at a ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand.
About Prince Mahidol Award:
- Prince Mahidol Award is a Thai Royal Family annual award.
- It is given for the outstanding achievements in medicine and public health in worldwide.
- The award was established by the King Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej on 1st January, 1992 on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of his father, Prince Mahidol.
- It consists of a medal, a certificate and prize money of US 100, 000 dollars.
- Published on: February 1, 2016