To foster and recognize excellence in astronomy, the AAS presents awards and prizes for outstanding contributions to astronomical research, instrumentation, writing, and service.

2019 Prize & Award Winners

Ann merchant boesgaard

Ann Merchant Boesgaard

In recognition of her pioneering, sustained work in using light-element abundances to test Big Bang nucleosynthesis and to probe stellar structure and stellar evolution.

Ann Merchant Boesgaard

In recognition of her pioneering, sustained work in using light-element abundances to test Big Bang nucleosynthesis and to probe stellar structure and stellar evolution.

Henry Norris Russell Lectureship

Blakesley Burkhart

For her leadership in studies of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence on all scales and in diverse astrophysical environments, using innovative techniques to carefully compare observational data with numerical simulations.

Blakesley Burkhart

For her leadership in studies of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence on all scales and in diverse astrophysical environments, using innovative techniques to carefully compare observational data with numerical simulations.

Annie Jump Cannon Award

Dan Weisz

Daniel R. Weisz

For his transformational work on the star-formation histories of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group.

Daniel R. Weisz

For his transformational work on the star-formation histories of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group.

Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

David Branch

David Branch

For their scholarly book Supernova Explosions (Springer, 2017), an extraordinary compilation of information that is logically organized, benefits from clear and engaging writing, and features terrific insights of the kind you'd hope for from a mentor.

David Branch

For their scholarly book Supernova Explosions (Springer, 2017), an extraordinary compilation of information that is logically organized, benefits from clear and engaging writing, and features terrific insights of the kind you'd hope for from a mentor.

Chambliss Writing Award

edwin bergin

Edwin (Ted) Bergin

For his pioneering work in astrochemistry and innovative contributions to our understanding of the physics and chemistry of star and planet formation, and for his tireless efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in astronomy.

Edwin (Ted) Bergin

For his pioneering work in astrochemistry and innovative contributions to our understanding of the physics and chemistry of star and planet formation, and for his tireless efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in astronomy.

Dannie Heineman Prize

elena aprile

Elena Aprile

For her leadership of the XENON project and its groundbreaking search for the particle that is thought to make up the dark matter in the halo of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Elena Aprile

For her leadership of the XENON project and its groundbreaking search for the particle that is thought to make up the dark matter in the halo of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Lancelot M. Berkeley – NYCT Prize

Greg Lauglin

Gregory Laughlin

For his innovative leadership in detecting and modeling exoplanets and their formation, protostellar disks, the interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua, and the distant future of the universe.

Gregory Laughlin

For his innovative leadership in detecting and modeling exoplanets and their formation, protostellar disks, the interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua, and the distant future of the universe.

Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecture

J. Craig Wheeler

J. Craig Wheeler

For their scholarly book Supernova Explosions (Springer, 2017), an extraordinary compilation of information that is logically organized, benefits from clear and engaging writing, and features terrific insights of the kind you'd hope for from a mentor.

J. Craig Wheeler

For their scholarly book Supernova Explosions (Springer, 2017), an extraordinary compilation of information that is logically organized, benefits from clear and engaging writing, and features terrific insights of the kind you'd hope for from a mentor.

Chambliss Writing Award

Jo Bovy

Jo Bovy

For his contributions to our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way and his work on forward modeling of large scientific data sets.

Jo Bovy

For his contributions to our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way and his work on forward modeling of large scientific data sets.

Helen B. Warner Prize

John d monnier

John D Monnier

For his pioneering work in high-angular-resolution studies with long-baseline optical interferometry, which have moved the field from measurements in visibility space to true imaging and opened up a new window on stellar astrophysics.

John D Monnier

For his pioneering work in high-angular-resolution studies with long-baseline optical interferometry, which have moved the field from measurements in visibility space to true imaging and opened up a new window on stellar astrophysics.

Joseph Weber Award

Mario Hamuy

Mario Hamuy

Chile plays a huge role in US astronomy, and Hamuy has made fundamental contributions to cosmology and supernova research. He is currently the president of CONICYT (the Chilean science funding agency).

Mario Hamuy

Chile plays a huge role in US astronomy, and Hamuy has made fundamental contributions to cosmology and supernova research. He is currently the president of CONICYT (the Chilean science funding agency).

Honorary AAS Membership