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Awards

View the 2013 ASP Annual Award recipients
View the 2013 Bruce Gold Medal recipient

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific honors special accomplishments in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach by giving eight annual awards. Nominations are welcome from ASP Members and members of the astronomical community. Descriptions of the awards and links to the nomination pages are listed below.

About the ASP Awards

Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal

Awarded since 1898 for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy

Our highest award is the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy. Awarded since 1898, the medal has gone to some of the greatest astronomers of the past century. A complete list of past recipients and a Brief History of the Bruce Medal including medalist biographies.

The 2013 recipient is Dr. James E. Gunn, Princeton University.


Richard H. Emmons Award

For excellence in college astronomy teaching

Added to our list of honors in 2006, the Richard H. Emmons Award was inspired by a very generous gift from Jeanne and Allan Bishop, in honor of her father, Richard Emmons. Dr. Jeanne Bishop, a well-known astronomy educator in her own right, wished to honor her father, an astronomer with a life-long dedication to astronomy education, by creating an annual award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy for non-science majors. List of past recipients.

The 2013 recipient is  Dr. Charles Tolbert, University of Virginia.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Amateur Achievement Award

For significant observational or technical achievements by an amateur astronomer

The Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by an individual not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity. List of past recipients.

The 2012 recipient is Jeffery Hopkins.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award

For outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public

The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award, given for the first time in 2001, seeks to honor outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 children and the interested lay public. List of past recipients.

The 2013 recipient is  to Mr. Chuck Bueter, South Bend, Indiana.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Klumpke-Roberts Award

For outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy

The ASP bestows the annual Klumpke-Roberts Award on those who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Awardees include Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Chesley Bonestall, Timothy Ferris, Walter Sullivan, Heidi Hammel, and the staffs of Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines. List of past recipients.

The 2013 recipient is Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway, University of Texas at Austin (retired).

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Robert J. Trumpler Award

For a recent Ph.D. thesis considered unusually important to astronomy

The Robert J. Trumpler Award is given each year to a recent recipient of the PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy. List of past recipients and granting institutions.

The 2013 recipient is Dr. Gurtina Besla, Harvard University.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Thomas J. Brennan Award

For exceptional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level

The Thomas J. Brennan Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America. The recipients have demonstrated exceptional commitment to classroom or planetarium education, as well as the training of other teachers. List of past recipients.

The 2013 recipient is Mr. Gregg L. Williams, Indiana’s Merrillville Community School.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award

For important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques.

The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award is given for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure. List of past recipients.

The 2012 recipient is the Kepler Science Team, led by William Borucki and David Koch.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.
Nomination Form
2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014


Priscilla and Bart Bok Award

Bart Bok was an outstanding research astronomer who made important contributions to our understanding of the Milky Way and of star formation. He received the Bruce Medal for lifetime achievement and in 1982 the Klumpke-Roberts Award for the popularization of astronomy. Throughout his life, and especially as an ASP Board member, Bok was a strong advocate for outreach and education in astronomy. Upon his death in 1983, the Society established the Bart Bok Memorial Fund to support educational projects. At the suggestion of the AAS, the activitivies supported by the Bok Fund were expanded to include the joint sponsorship of an astronomy award at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. List of past recipients.

Bok Award Page


Please contact awards {at} astrosociety.org if you have questions about the nomination process.