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.

 

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. However, in the past the Council has taken…

The Eddington Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in theoretical astrophysics. This medal is awarded for a single outstanding piece of work, such that younger scientists may…

The Herschel Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in observational astrophysics. This medal is awarded for a single outstanding piece of work, such that younger scientists may…

The Jackson-Gwilt Medal is awarded for outstanding invention, improvement, or development of astronomical instrumentation or techniques. This medal is awarded to individuals who have success in…

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…

The Fowler Award for early achievement in astronomy was established in 2004 through the generosity of Mrs Rosemary Fowler. Two annual prizes are awarded to individuals who have made a particularly…

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The Winton Award…

The Group Award recognizes outstanding achievement by large consortia in any branch of astronomy where it is not appropriate to present, jointly, one of the other awards of the Society. The Award…

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…