Herschel Medal

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Herschel Medal
Mike Irwin receiving the Herschel Medal in 2012
Mike Irwin receiving the Herschel Medal in 2012
Awarded for "investigations of outstanding merit in observational astrophysics"[1]
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Royal Astronomical Society
Reward Medal
First awarded 1974[2]
Last awarded 2015[3]
Currently held by Stephen Eales[3]
Official website www.ras.org.uk/awards-and-grants/awards/2272-herschel-medal

The Herschel Medal is awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) for "investigations of outstanding merit in observational astrophysics". It is awarded for a single piece of work so that younger scientists can be candidates for the award.[1] It is named after the RAS's first president, William Herschel.[4] The medal was first awarded in 1974. The medal has been shared twice, in 1977 and 1986. It has been awarded 18 times to a total of 20 people (19 men, one woman).[2][3]

Medalists[edit]

Photo Year Medalist(s) Field References
CSIRO ScienceImage 7196 Dr Paul Wild 17 May 1923 10 May 2008.jpg 1974 John Paul Wild [2]
Wilson penzias200.jpg 1977 Arno Penzias
Robert Woodrow Wilson
[2]
Gérard de Vaucouleurs00.jpg 1980 Gérard de Vaucouleurs [2]
1983 William W. Morgan [2]
1986 Albert Boggess
Robert Wilson
[2]
Launch of IYA 2009, Paris - Grygar, Bell Burnell cropped.jpg 1989 Jocelyn Bell Burnell [2]
1992 Andrew Lyne [2]
1995 George Isaak [2]
1998 Gerald Neugebauer [2]
2001 Patrick Thaddeus [2]
2004 Keith Horne Cataclysmic variable stars and exoplanets [2][5]
Govind Swarup image.png 2006 Govind Swarup Radio astronomy [2][6]
2008 Max Pettini Extragalactic cosmology [2][4]
2010 James Hough Polarimetry [2][7]
Mike Irwin and Roger Davies.jpg 2012 Mike Irwin Digital optical and infrared surveys [2][8]
Michael Kramer at RAS NAM 2012 1.jpg 2013 Michael Kramer Pulsars [2][9]
Reinhard Genzel.jpg 2014 Reinhard Genzel Galactic and Extragalactic astronomy [2][10]
2015 Stephen Eales Submillimetre astronomy [3][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Awards, Medals and Prizes - Herschel Medal". RAS. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Herschel Medal Winners" (pdf). RAS. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Winners of the 2015 awards, medals and prizes - full details". RAS date=9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Leading astronomers and geophysicists honoured with RAS medals and prizes". RAS. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Royal Astronomical Society announces 2004 medals and awards". RAS. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Citation for Professor Govind Swarup for The Herschel Medal" (pdf). RAS. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "RAS Honours Outstanding Astronomers and Geophysicists". RAS. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "RAS honours leading astronomers and geophysicists". RAS. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Winners of the 2013 awards, medals and prizes - full details". RAS. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Winners of the 2014 awards, medals and prizes - full details". RAS. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Cardiff University astronomers honoured for helping to improve our understanding of the universe". Wales Online. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.