The Academy of Sciences Malaysia in its 53rd Council Meeting decided to establish the ASM Award for Scientific Excellence in Honour of Tun Dr Mahathir Award in conjunction to the Academy’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on 17 August 2004. The Inaugural Award was awarded to Professor John Sheppard Mackenzie for his outstanding contribution and breakthroughs in the field of Tropical Medicine. The award was presented on 3 September 2005 by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong at a dinner in Kuala Lumpur.
This award is positioned as Malaysia’s most prestigious Science Award for tropical sciences, and bestowed on any scientists, institution or organization worldwide in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology and to be awarded to the most deserving based on merit. As such, this extends beyond the boundaries of Malaysia in order to encourage excellence in tropical science that will accord direct benefits to countries in the tropics and indirectly to the global community.
The categories for the award are Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Architecture and Engineering,Tropical Medicine, as well as Tropical Natural Resources. In 2005, the ASM Award for Scientific Excellence in Honour of Tun Dr Mahathir Award was renamed as Mahathir Science Award.
In 2010, the Mahathir Science Award Foundation was set up to manage and oversee this prestigious award. Remaining a key activity of the Academy, it is hoped that through this award, a new benchmark will be set for tropical sciences and the profile of science in Malaysia and the region of the tropics will rise to greater heights.
Overall, the award logo depicts the vision for contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology
Four triangular towers
Symbolizes the four categories of the award:
- Tropical Agriculture
- Tropical Architecture and Engineering
- Tropical Medicine
- Tropical Natural Resources
The triangular towers with upward peaks
- Depict achieving excellence and continuous advancement in tropical sciences
- Base is in the form of arrow pointing upwards which resembles development and advancement
- Tip of the towers are in the form of sharp needle going through the circle/ orbit to indicate breakthroughs in science.
Symbolises Tropical Sciences.
Black Orbit and Spherical Rotating Shapes
Symbolises the universality of science.