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 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 Medal is open to all involved in outreach or public engagement for astronomy or geophysics, as well as those whose main occupation is outreach or public engagement, and open to nominees from…

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

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