Awards, Medals and Prizes

How to nominate for an Award, Medal or Prize

Anyone can make a nomination. With the exception of Thesis Prizes and the Undergraduate Prize, it is not necessary to be a Fellow of the Society. All nominations are made in strict confidence; nominees should not be informed of submissions in order to avoid unnecessary disappointment.  Click on each Award, Medal or Prize for further information.  You will be able to complete an online application form when the call for nominations is live.

Closing dates:

  • Astronomy, Geophysics & Instrumentation Thesis Prizes: 31 January for theses submitted the previous year.
  • Undergraduate prize in Instrumentation: 31 May.
  • Patrick Moore Medal and Annie Maunder Medal: Last Friday in September for the following year's award.
  • All other awards: 31 July for the next year's awards.This year the deadline has been extended to the 20th August 2018 to take account of the new online application process.

 

The Service Award is to honour individuals who, through outstanding or exceptional work, have promoted, facilitated or encouraged the sciences of astronomy or geophysics and developed their role…

The George Darwin Lecture is given annually by a distinguished and eloquent speaker on a suitable topic in astronomy (including astrochemistry, astrobiology, astroparticle physics, etc). The…

The Gerald Whitrow Lecture is given every two years by a distinguished and eloquent speaker on any topic in cosmology, including its philosophy. The speaker may be based in the UK or overseas. The…

The Society may honour any person normally resident outside the UK, eminent in the fields of astronomy or closely related branches of science, by election as an Associate of the Society (an…

The Michael Penston Prize for the best doctoral thesis in astronomy or astrophysics is awarded annually. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and an invitation to present the results of…

The Gold Medal is the highest award in the Society's gift, and the Byelaws leave the Council complete freedom as to the grounds on which it is awarded. In the past the Council has taken into…

The Chapman Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in the science of the Sun, space and planetary environments or solar-terrestrial physics. This medal is awarded for a single…

The Price Medal is awarded for single investigations of outstanding merit into formation and composition of the Earth and/or planets (e.g. seismology, tectonics, geodesy, geomagnetism, solar…

The Agnes Mary Clerke Medal for Historical Research in Astronomy or Geophysics is awarded every three years to an individual who has achieved outstanding personal research into the history of…

The Patrick Moore Medal is awarded for a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by school teachers e.g. by significantly improving examination results, running  an active…