In the past forty years Professor John Marshall has carried out extensive research in many fields of ophthalmology.
He is probably best known as the inventor of the revolutionary excimer laser for the treatment of refractive errors as well as the inventor of the world’s first diode laser for treating diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
His work on the inter-relationships between light and ageing, diabetic and inherited retinal disease has resulted in over four hundred research papers and publications.
The enthusiasm with which he faces each new challenge is well known to all those who have worked in his team and to those who have attended his lectures.
For several years (1982-1991) he was Sembal Professor of Experimental Ophthalmology at the Institute of Ophthalmology and later (1991-2009) Frost Professor of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Academic Department of Ophthalmology at St Thomas’ Hospital.
He is currently Frost Professor of Ophthalmology at the Institute of Ophthalmology in association with Moorfield’s Eye Hospital. He is also Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology at Kings College, Frost Visiting Professor at City University and Honorary Professor at Caledonian University.
His exciting career has been widely recognized.
He was awarded the Nettleship Medal of the Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom, The Mackenzie Medal, the Raynor Medal, the Ashton Medal, the Ridley Medal, the Ida Mann Medal and the Lord Crook Gold Medal of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, the Doyne Medal of the Oxford Congress, the Barraquer Medal, the Kelman Innovator Award and the Lim Medal of the Singapore National Eye Center.
He delivered the Bowman Lecture and received the Bowman Medal in 2014.
For his outstanding contributions to our everyday practice the Europen Vitreo Retinal Society has unanimously decided to award Professor Marshall with the Zivojnovic Award.

Giampaolo Gini