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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Award Category

The Caroline Herschel Medal celebrates the longstanding scientific cooperation…

The Group Award (Astronomy) recognises outstanding achievement by large consortia of academics or Professional–Amateur collaborations in any branch of astronomy (including emerging areas), where…

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

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

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

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 (including astrochemistry, astrobiology and exoplanets) is awarded annually.  The winner will receive a cash…

The Annie Maunder Medal is open to everyone involved in outreach or public engagement for astronomy or geophysics. That is: academics, amateurs, and professionals (including those whose main…

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