Sir Arthur Clarke Award

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This article is about the award for space achievement. For the science fiction writing award, see Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2006

The Sir Arthur Clarke Award is a British award given in recognition of notable contributions to space exploration, particularly British achievements. It was devised by Dave Wright and Jerry Stone [1] and is independent of and separate from awards given by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. Founded in 2005, the awards are an annual event. They originally took place at the UK Space Conference. Formerly the British Rocketry Oral History Programme (BROHP) until it was renamed in 2008, this event was held annually at Charterhouse School from 1998 to 2010. In 2011 it was held at the University of Warwick.[1] Nominations for the awards are made by members of the public, with shortlists drawn up by a panel of judges, who also choose the winner. The award was established with the permission of Sir Arthur Clarke, who also chose a special award independently of the public nominations prior to his death on 18 March 2008.

The award has the same proportions (1:4:9) as the monolith featured in Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is made of glass. It features the diagram Clarke drew in 1945 in order to demonstrate how satellites can provide global communications around the Earth from geostationary orbit, also called the Clarke Orbit. It was co-designed by Jerry Stone and Howard Berry.

Not all categories are awarded each year; 2008 was the first year in which nominations were shortlisted in the category of Best Film Presentation. An additional award was given in 2007 and 2008 that was named after and presented by George Abbey, the former director of the Johnson Space Center. It was awarded to those "whose space achievement made us laugh the most".[2]

The award ceremony is similar to the Oscars in that multiple awards are given in various categories at the same event, which is different from other awards given in the field. As a result the awards have been referred to as the Arthurs[3] and are known as the Space equivalent of the Oscars. The awards are held in high regard by the international Space community:

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards are held in great esteem and it is a huge honour to have been nominated. It was a fantastic surprise when we heard the news and we are very flattered.

—Dr Andy Newsam, Director of the National Schools' Observatory,  Sir Arthur Clarke award for NSO, 28 March 2008.

This award is very nice... I thank all of you for this grand night and this grand award.

—Ray Bradbury,  Sir Patrick Moore and the Sky at Night win Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, Brian May, 19 April 2007.

Yearly awards[edit]

2012[edit]

As the UK Space Agency are only planning to run the space conference in alternate years, the 2012 awards were presented at a special event in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords on 26 October 2012. The host was Lord Cobbold and the MC for the event was the impressionist Jon Culshaw.

Category Recipient
International Award Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director-General of the European Space Agency
Lifetime Achievement Paul Money
Space Activity - Academic Study / Research Rosetta Ptolemy Team
Space Activity - Industry SSTL NigeriaSat 2 Team
Space Education - Outreach Heather MacRae
Space Education - Student Achievement Charlotte Lücking
Space Media Space Boffins

2011[edit]

The 2011 award took place at the UK Space Conference at the University of Warwick in July 2011.[4][5][6]

Category Recipient
Achievement in Space Education and Outrearch Unlimited Theatre for 'Mission to Mars'
Achievement in Space Research University of Strathclyde Advanced Space Concepts Lab
Achievement in Space Commerce Clyde Space
Achievement in Space Media Clive Horwood
Space Student Achievement Chris Brunskill
International Space Achievement David Thompson, Orbital Sciences Corporation
Exceptional Space Achievement Professor David Southwood

2010[edit]

The award dinner was held on 27 March 2010 at the UK Space Conference at Charterhouse.[7]

Category Recipient
International Award International Space University[8]
Inspiration Award Anu Ojha[9]
Team of the year Qinetiq[10]
Individual Achievement Matt Griffin
Best Film/TV/Radio Presentation James May on the Moon
Best Space Reporting Jonathan Amos, BBC News Online
Education Becky Parker
Entrepreneur David Williams
Outreach The EADS STEM Ambassadors
Student Áron Kidsi

2009[edit]

The 2009 Awards dinner was held on 4 April 2009 at the UK Space conference.[11][12]

Inspiration Award || Lord Drayson

Category Recipient
Achievement in Education Chris Welch, Kingston University[13]
Best Corporate/Team Achievement Automated Transfer Vehicle Team, John Ellwood: ATV project manager[14]
Best Individual Achievement Richard Garriott
Best Lifetime Achievement Professor Fred Taylor
Best Space Reporting BBC News Science Team, special citation for Paul Rincon
Best Student Achievement Dr David Boyce
Best TV/Radio Presentation BBC Four's The Satellite Story
Outreach award for the Public Promotion of Space Alastair Scott
Space Entrepreneur unreported

2008[edit]

The 2008 Awards dinner was held on 29 March 2008 at Charterhouse. Special guests were George Abbey and Joe Engle.[citation needed]

The glass version of the George Abbey Award
Category Recipient
Best Corporate/Team Achievement Mars Express Team; Project Manager Rudi Schmidt
Best Individual Achievement Ian Taylor MP
Best Student Achievement Alison Gibbings
Best Space Reporting "Spaceflight" magazine; Editor Clive Simpson
Achievement in Education Faulkes Telescope Project; director Paul Roche
Inspiration Award Piers Sellers
Best Presentation, Film In the Shadow of the Moon; Director David Sington & Christopher Riley
Best Presentation, TV & Radio Martin Redfern and Heather Couper: "Britain's Space Race"
Best Presentation, Written David A. Baker: Jane's Spaceflight Directory
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space Margaret Aderin-Pocock
Lifetime Achievement Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
George Abbey Award A glass version of the award presented to two members of the Rocket Men team in replacement for the paper versions given the previous year (see 2007 Awards below/picture (right)).

2007[edit]

The 2007 Awards dinner was held on 14 April 2007 at the BROHP conference at Charterhouse.[15]

Category Recipient
Best Corporate/Team Achievement The Mars Exploration Rovers Team
Best Individual Achievement Steve Squyres
Best Space Reporting Robin Scagell
Achievement in Education The International Space School Educational Trust
Inspiration Award Sir Patrick Moore
Best Presentation, TV & Radio The Sky At Night
Best Presentation, Written Charles S. Cockell: Space on Earth
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space Lord Sainsbury
Lifetime Achievement Eric "Winkle" Brown
Special Award Ray Bradbury
George Abbey award[16] The Rocket Men Team that made a Space Shuttle out of a Reliant Robin for the BBC TV series Top Gear[17]

Among the other nominees were Anousheh Ansari, and the British-born astronaut Piers Sellers.

2006[edit]

The 2006 Awards dinner was held on 8 April 2006 at the BROHP conference at Charterhouse.[18]

Category Recipient
Best Corporate/Team Achievement The UK Huygens Industry Team
Best Individual Achievement David Parker
Best Student Achievement Sabrina Pottinger
Achievement in Education Alex Blackwood
Inspiration Award Michael Foale
Best Presentation, TV & Radio Space Race
Best Presentation, Written Alan Lawrie: Saturn
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space The PPARC Communication Team
Lifetime Achievement Reginald Turnill

Among the other nominees were Sir Richard Branson, and the Robson Green drama television series Rocket Man.

2005[edit]

Presented at the inaugural awards dinner at Charterhouse, Saturday 2 April 2005.[19]

Category Recipient
Best Corporate Achievement EADS Space
Best Individual Achievement John Zarnecki
Best Student Achievement Julia Tizard
Best Space Reporting David Whitehouse
Achievement in Education National Space Centre
Inspiration Award George Scoon
Best Presentation, TV & Radio Christopher Riley, producer: Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets
Best Presentation, Written David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore: Futures—50 Years in Space
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space Colin Pillinger
Special Award British Interplanetary Society

Sir Arthur was also presented with a special award commemorating the 60th anniversary of his paper on global communication by satellite in the October 1945 edition of Wireless World. This award was accepted on behalf of Sir Arthur by his brother Fred.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Space Education Trust activities, retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Latest Bang! News". Bang!. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  3. ^ Radford, Tim (24 March 2005). "Who's up for an Arthur?". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Nominees shortlisted for Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, UK Space Agency press release, 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ UK Space Conference 2011 Dinner and the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2011, intellect.uk, May 2011.
  6. ^ UK ESA astronaut Tim Peake presents Sir Arthur Clarke awards at UK Space Conference 2011, UK Space Agency press release, 5 July 2011.
  7. ^ UK Space Conference 2010 advertisement,[dead link] UK Space.
  8. ^ ISU Receives the International Sir Arthur Clarke Award
  9. ^ In the news - Anu Ojha, Times Educational Supplement, 30 April 2010.
  10. ^ QinetiQ ion propulsion team recognised with Sir Arthur Clarke award for contribution to space exploration
  11. ^ BBC Science wins 'Arthur' awards, 6 April 2009.
  12. ^ Sir Arthur Clarke Nominations 2009, rocketeers.
  13. ^ Finding water on the moon has major implications for human space exploration, Science Daily, 25 September 2009.
  14. ^ cited in QinetiQ ion propulsion team recognised with Sir Arthur Clarke award for contribution to space exploration, press release concerning later 2010 winner
  15. ^ BROHP conference programme, 2007.
  16. ^ Following a presentation by the Rocket Men Team about their activities, the day before the awards ceremony, George Abbey felt that they deserved an award. As there was not enough time to have a glass award made and etched, a paper version was made.
  17. ^ "Top Gear Production notes: Reliant Robin - space shuttle". BBC. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  18. ^ "2006 Sir Arthur Clarke Award Winners Announced". British National Space Centre. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  19. ^ Individual Awards For CEPSAR Members At The Inaugural Sir Arthur Clarke Award, Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research, Open University, page retrieved 8 May 2011.

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