Frans Cornelius Donders, 1818-1889, served as professor of anatomy and physiology at the University of Utrecht, and director of the eye hospital in Utrecht, the Netherlands, but is best known for his work on refraction. His classic work On The Anomalies of Accommodation and Refraction of the Eye, published in 1864, provided a scientific basis for the practice of refractive correction.
This medal was issued in 1888, in honor of Donder's 70th birthday, and was engraved by Junger, Menger, and Schammer. The obverse (Figure 1) depicts the head of Donders facing right and surrounded by an inscription; the reverse (Figure 2), a laurel wreath with inscriptions both within the wreath and surrounding it.
A look at the past . . .. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(6):789. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.6.789