The Royal Society of Canada has named Wendy Mitchinson as the recipient of the 2019 Jason A. Hannah Medal.
Professor Mitchinson, distinguished professor emerita of history, is being recognized for her most recent book Fighting Fat: Canada 1920-1980, a comprehensive look at the history of obesity and fatness in Canada. The Jason A. Hannah Medal recognizes works that further Canadian research in the history of medicine.
Professor Mitchinson is an internationally recognized scholar in the medical treatment of women. Author of several groundbreaking studies in Canadian women’s history, she was the Canada Research Chair in Gender and Medical History from 2006 to 2013. The research and writing of her book, Fighting Fat: Canada 1920-1980, was initiated during that time.