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.
2020 Awards descriptions below include links to specific guidelines.
The deadline to submit nominations and all materials was March 1, 2020
Nominations for the 2020 ASP Awards are now closed
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The Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal
Awarded since 1898 for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.
Our highest award is the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy and has gone to some of the greatest astronomers of the past century.
Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award
For important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques.
The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award is given for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure.
Robert J. Trumpler Award
For a recent Ph.D. thesis considered unusually important to astronomy
The Robert J. Trumpler Award is given each year to a recent recipient of the Ph.D. degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy. View instructions and nomination form here.
Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award
For significant observational or technical achievements by an amateur astronomer.
The newly named Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by an individual not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity.
For outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.
The ASP bestows the annual Klumpke-Roberts Award on those who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Awardees include Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Chesley Bonestall, Timothy Ferris, Walter Sullivan, Heidi Hammel, and the staffs of Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines
Thomas J. Brennan Award
For exceptional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level.
The Thomas J. Brennan Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America. The recipients have demonstrated exceptional commitment to classroom or planetarium education, as well as the training of other teachers.
Nominations closed March 1, 2020 for ASP's 2020 Annual Awards.
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