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Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal

Nominations for select 2024 ASP Awards closed Sunday, March 24 - 8:59pm PT


About the ASP Awards

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 Gold Medal 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.

The Awards nominations are now accepted annually from early January through March 15. The nomination and distribution schedule can be found on each individual Awards page and is subject to change. 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.

2023 ASP Award Recipients:

Catherine Bruce Gold Medal  I Marcia Rieke

Robert J. Trumpler  I  Deborah Lokhorst

Klumpke-Roberts  I  Don McCarthy

Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement  I  Dan Caselden

The Inaugural Nancy Grace Roman Award I Francesca Primas 

ASP Fraknoi Supporters Award I Edna DeVore

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 and honored the 2022 ASP Award Recipients in person once again.

The Awards Gala was held on November 11, 2023 at the Grand Bay Hotel San Francisco to honor and celebrate those receiving the prestigious ASP Awards.