AAS Honors Tom Gergely for Dedicated Service on Preserving Radio Spectrum for Research
The AAS honored Tom Gergely, who is retiring from the National Science Foundation after 27 years of service to the astronomical community and other disciplines that utilize radio spectrum to perform their research. At a special lunch for him hosted at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC on March 28 with NSF colleagues past and present and his family, AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel read a congratulatory letter from AAS President David Helfand and presented him a certificate of recognition that reads:
"The American Astronomical Society recognizes Dr. Tomas Gergely for his long-term contributions to the US astronomy community. In 27 years at NSF, including many years as head of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Unit, Dr. Gergely has worked tirelessly on behalf of the astronomy community in defense of the ability to use the radio spectrum for forefront astronomical research. On behalf of the community, the AAS offers its thanks, and its congratulations to Dr. Gergely on the occasion of his retirement."
Tom is succeeded in his duties managing the scientific uses of the radio spectrum by Andrew Clegg, who says he's looking forward to filling Tom's shoes and holding up his strong tradition of representing scientific interests in the political and commercial world of radio spectrum application.