Established in 1907

The Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene was founded in 1907 by Sir James Cantlie and Dr George Carmichael Low to study and discuss diseases of tropical countries.

The first president was "the father of tropical medicine", Sir Patrick Manson.

The prefix Royal was granted by King George V in 1920, and the royal connection has been maintained ever since - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was our Patron up until her death and His Majesty King Charles III was confirmed as our Patron in May 2024. HRH The Princess Royal is an Honorary Fellow.

From our foundations over 100 years ago, in a time when tropical medicine was being established, RSTMH is now a multidisciplinary organisation that is constantly adapting to the changing patterns and interpretations of modern tropical medicine and global health.

Our Presidents

Since our inception in 1907, our Presidents have always been crucial in moving the Society forwards, providing guidance and safeguarding our best interests as an organisation and those of our members.