Early in the new year Council considers nominations for the Association's Medals and Awards. If any members wish to nominate a fellow member for some notable contribution, please send a suitably worded citation to the Business Secretary. All nominations must be in writing and signed by two sponsors. Please try to confine citations to one side of an A4 sheet of paper.
Conditions relating to each award are given below. Members are requested to read the conditions carefully and to ensure that citations comply with the conditions for the relative award.
Walter Goodacre Medal and Gift
This award ... is the senior award made by the Association. ...Normally awarded at intervals of not less than two years and not more than four years since the last award.
The award shall be given in recognition of the recipient's contribution to the progress of astronomy over many years, special regard being had to his or her work communicated to the Association, this work being communicated in any form, and not necessarily in writing, provided that the recipient is a member of at least five years standing in the Association at the date of the Annual General Meeting in the year of the award.
This shall be awarded to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to observational astronomy.
Horace Dall Medal and Gift
The award shall be made to a person, whether or not a member of the Association, who has shown marked ability in the making of Astronomical Instruments. If two or more people have been jointly concerned in a particular work then each person may receive a medal and gift.
Merlin Medal and Gift
This award shall be made in recognition of a notable contribution to the advancement of astronomy. If two or more persons have been jointly concerned in any particular work, a joint award may be made, in which case each recipient shall receive a medal and gift.
Lydia Brown Medal and Gift
This award shall be in recognition of meritorious service to the Association in an honorary capacity over many years on grounds which would not qualify a nominee for either the Walter Goodacre or Merlin Awards. If two or more persons have been jointly concerned in any particular work, a joint award may be made, in which case each recipient shall receive a medal and gift.
Image credit: Grant Privett. The aurora, as seen from Stenness.