The Flintoff Medal was awarded every three years to a member of the RSC who had made meritorious contributions to the knowledge of the relationship between chemistry and botany. The prize was discontinued in 2008.
The prize is named after the botanist Robert Flintoff. Flintoff was born in Manchester in 1873, and attended Manchester Grammar School and subsequently Owen’s College. Upon graduating Flintoff worked as a calico printer until his retirement in 1908.
Flintoff took a deep interest in natural history, being seen as the expert on his local area’s wildlife, and his garden was a local attraction for visitors. In 1936 he founded the Northern Ecological Society, and through this studied with his team on how the local life interacted with the environment. His work, which was published in many naturalist journals, earned him a fellowship of the Linnean Society and of the Chemical Society in 1894.
The prize was established through a bequest from Robert Flintoff. In 2021, the purposes of this Trust were amended, and remaining monies were combined with other generous bequests and donations to become part of the RSC Recognition Fund.