Awards, Medals and Prizes

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How to nominate for an Award, Medal or Prize

The Society presents several awards, medals and prizes as part of its remit to support and encourage scientists working in the fields of astronomy and geophysics. Some are aimed at young scientists, while others recognise many years of dedicated service to our sciences. 

Anyone can make a nomination.  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. This does not apply to Education and Outreach Awards (see individual Award descriptions). Click on each Award, Medal or Prize for further information.   

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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 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 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 Eddington Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in theoretical astrophysics. This medal is awarded for a single investigation, or a series of closely-linked investigations,…

The Herschel Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in observational astrophysics. This medal is awarded for a single investigation, or a series of closely-linked investigations…

The Price Medal is awarded for single investigations or a series of closely-linked investigations of outstanding merit into the formation and composition of the Earth and/or…

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

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

The Winton Award for early achievement in astronomy is for research by an individual in a UK institution whose career has shown the most promising development within five years of completing their…