Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

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The Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation is awarded by the American Astronomical Society to an individual for the design, invention or significant improvement of instrumentation leading to advances in astronomy. [1] It is named after physicist Joseph Weber. The awards tend to be for a career of instrument development rather than a single specific device; the lists of inventions below are taken from press releases from the recipients' institutions.

Weber Award winners[edit]

Source: American Astronomical Society

Year Recipient Inventions
2002 James E. Gunn CCDs in astronomy: WFPC on Hubble, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, ...
2003 Frank J. Low IR detection by bolometer arrays
2004 Thomas G. Phillips Sub-millimetre and terahertz instrumentation
2005 Stephen Shectman Active optics
2006 Roger Angel Adaptive optics for infra-red spectroscopy
2007 Harvey Moseley Microshutter arrays, X-ray microcalorimeter
2008 James R. Houck Spectrographs for infrared astronomy
2009 Peter Serlemitsos X-ray detector and telescope designs
2010 Donald N. B. Hall Low noise detectors for observational infrared astronomy
2011 Edward S. Cheng Several key instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope
2012 Thijs de Graauw Short Wavelength Spectrometer on ISO and the Heterodyne Instrument For the Infrared on Herschel
2013 Keith Matthews Infrared astronomical instrumentation
2014 Sander Weinreb Digital auto-correlation spectrometers and cryogenic low-noise amplifiers and mixers
2015 Claire E. Max Adaptive optics with sodium laser guide stars
2016 James J. (Jamie) Bock Low noise “spider web” bolometers
2017 Ian S. McLean Infrared sensor arrays
2018 Rainer Weiss Interferometric gravitational wave detector


  1. ^ "Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 21 December 2014.