Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
A gold medal, featuring an image of a telescope. Engraved with 'Aspah Hall 1979' and 'quicquid nitet notandum'
The RAS gold medal awarded to Asaph Hall
Awarded for Achievement in astronomy or geophysics
Country United Kingdom
Reward(s) Medal
First awarded 1824[1]
Last awarded 2017[2]
Currently held by Nick Kaiser (astronomy) & Michele Dougherty (geophysics)[2]
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The Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is the highest award given by the RAS. The RAS Council have "complete freedom as to the grounds on which it is awarded"[3] and as such it can be awarded for any reason.[4] Past awards have been given for "outstanding personal researches in the fields of astronomy and geophysics" as well as general contributions to astronomy and geophysics "that may be made through leadership in research programmes, through education and through scientific administration". It has been awarded both for research that has taken a lifetime[3] (it has most frequently been given to recognise an extraordinary lifetime achievement)[4] and for specific pieces of research.[3]

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