Year James Spence Medal awarded: 1968
Dr Mary Sheridan OBE received the James Spence Medal in 1968. She studied at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine. She was concerned with children’s speech and language delays as well as hearing, and found the tests that monitored intelligence and development were poor.
She worked in Manchester during the war and then joined the children's department of the Ministry of Health. After retiring, she continued to research as Emeritus Consultant in Paediatrics at Guys Hospital (where she founded the first of many child development centres) and at The Nuffield centre for Speech and Hearing. She campaigned for feminism and women in medicine throughout her career.