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ASP Annual Awards

Visit our Nominations webpage for the updated guidelines and schedule of the ASP Awards.

Nominations for 2021 Annual Awards closed March 1

Questions? Please contact us at any time.

About the ASP Awards

Dr. Martha P. Haynes
2019 Bruce Gold Medal Recipient

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.

Nominations are accepted through March 1 of each year and have resumed for 2021. Please note the new nomination and distribution schedule on each individual Awards page. Most of the awards are open for nominations from the public unless specified. Announcements are made early Summer of each year.

2019 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Medal Awardee

2019 Arthur B.C. Walker II Awardee

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.

Visit our Photo Gallery of the 2019 ASP Awards Gala held November 9th, 2019 in Burlingame, CA.