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 into consideration not only outstanding personal researches in the fields of astronomy, but also the more general contributions to this subject that may be made through leadership in research programmes, through education and through scientific administration. It has often been awarded as recognition of a lifetime's work, though it has also been awarded for a specific piece of research.
Nominations should be submitted by 31 July (this year the deadline has been extended to the 20th August to take account of the new online application process) for the following year's awards and should include:
- The online nomination form below
- A full CV
- A short list of key refereed publications (preferably with citation data. Ideally, this publication list should be extracted from the Astrophysics Data System)
- Your nomination (minimum length 300 words, maximum length 600 words). This should address how the nominee fulfils the criteria of the Award, and also include the nominee's present career stage, the nominee's present post, and other awards and honours. Successful nominations argue a strong case for why the nominee deserves the award over and above one of their peers working in the same area. It is helpful if the nomination is phrased in such a way that extracts from it can be used in the formal recommendation of the Committee
- Additionally, please give details of two referees who will be contacted by email and asked to send supporting statements directly by the same deadline.
Fill out the form here.