The AAS Council may elect any person who has rendered conspicuous service to astronomy other than through scientific contributions as a patron of the Society. Patrons may be elected posthumously.
The list of patrons elected since the Society was founded is provided below. It is presently incomplete; we are scouring the Society's historical documentation to look for any patrons we may have overlooked. If you know of any patron who is not on this list, please send an email with his or her name and year of election (if known) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Patron||Year of Election||Reference|
|Irene Hansen Osterbrock||2011||AAS Newsletter, 2012 May-June, p. 3|
|Gladys Talmage Perkin*||N/A||AAS Obituary, 2002|
|Margaret Russell Edmundson*||1999||AAS Obituary, 1999|
|C. E. K. Mees*||1950||Popular Astronomy, 1951, Vol. 59, p. 62|
|Goethe Link*||1950||Popular Astronomy, 1950, Vol. 58, p. 315|
|Henry S. Hulbert*||1949||Popular Astronomy, 1949, Vol. 57, p. 50|
|George Russell Agassiz*||1949||Popular Astronomy, 1949, Vol. 57, p. 50|
|Michel S. Kovalenko*||1947||Popular Astronomy, 1947, Vol. 55, p. 401|