For outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy
The ASP bestows the 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 Bonestell, Timothy Ferris, Walter Sullivan, Heidi Hammel, and the staffs of Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines.
The 2017 recipient is Prof. Paul A. Delaney, Director of the York University Astronomical Observatory and former Director of the Natural Science Division at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Awarded to an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy, the Klumpke-Roberts Award for 2017 goes to Prof. Paul A. Delaney, Director of the York University Astronomical Observatory and former Director of the Natural Science Division at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Paul Delaney no doubt is one of Canada’s most dedicated astronomy enthusiasts. His media presence with broadcast television, NewsTalk radio in Canada, as well as the Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet,” have made him the “go-to guy” when Canada needs an authoritative voice around the heavens. Promoting astronomy has been a lifelong pursuit for Delaney. Growing up in Australia he purchased his first telescope as a teenager, established a Radio Astronomy Club in high school, and joined the Astronomical Society of South Australia in 1972.
Delaney’s dedication to public outreach in astronomy started with his move to York University in Canada in 1986. His contributions to the public understanding of and enthusiasm for Astronomy since then have brought his excitement to Canadians and beyond. A weekly column, Astronomically Speaking, filled local newspapers between 2002 and 2009, thousands pass through the York University Observatory annually, weekly public viewings continue to this day, and astronomy-related coursework continues to be offered at York University – these accomplishments and much more are only a small fraction of Delaney’s outreach successes.
As one nominator reminds us…“Paul’s substantial and significant contributions to the public understanding of astronomy have been acknowledged. In the past decade alone, he has been awarded the Sanford Fleming Medal (2010) from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science for ‘outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science’.”
Please contact the Awards team if you have questions about the nomination process