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About the ASP Awards

Catherine Wolfe Bruce Medal

The nomination process for the 2023 ASP Awards closed on March 15

The ASP recognizes individual achievements in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach each year. Recipients of our awards have included luminaries such as Edwin Hubble, Vera Rubin, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Burbidge, Carl Sagan, and most recently, Katherine Johnson.

Our most prestigious award, the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, was established in 1889 by Catherine Wolfe Bruce, an American philanthropist and patroness of astronomy. The Bruce has been awarded annually by the ASP to a professional astronomer in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to astrophysics research and is one of the most important awards in the field.

Beginning in 2023, the Awards nominations are accepted annually from early January through March 15. The nomination and distribution schedule can be found on each individual Awards page. We recommend reading the Guidelines for each Award in advance of the submission deadline. Most of the awards are open for nominations from the public unless specified. Announcements are made early Summer of each year. A celebration Awards Gala is held in November in the Bay Area, California.

ASP 2022 Awards for Astronomy Research and Education

San Francisco, California – August 30, 2022 The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the oldest, most innovative, and most respected organizations in the U.S. dedicated to increasing the understanding and teaching of astronomy, announced the recipients of its 2022 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education. 

The celebration of these prestigious awards at the 2022 ASP Awards Gala was held in person on November 19, 2022 in Burlingame, California.

2022 ASP Award Recipients:

Catherine Bruce Gold Medal  I  Ellen Zweibel

Arthur B.C. Walker II  I  Jedidah Isler

Robert J. Trumpler  I  Ariadna Murguia-Berthier

Klumpke-Roberts  I  Suzanne Gurton

Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement  I  Paul D. Maley

Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach  I  Billy Hix

Richard H. Emmons  I  Prof. George S. Greenstein

About the ASP Annual Awards Gala

Each year the ASP holds an Awards Gala in honor of and to recognize the ASP Awards Recipients for their leadership in and advancement of astronomy and space science. We had to take a pause in 2020, but resumed our annual celebration in 2021 with our first Virtual Awards Gala. We are excited to announce we celebrated and honored the 2022 ASP Award Recipients in person on November 19, 2022 in Burlingame, California.