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The Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award is for an achievement in astronomical research made by an amateur astronomer — that is, a person not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity — and who is resident in North America. The key factor in deciding the recipient will be that the work contributes to the advancement of the science of astronomy. The award consists of a silver medal.

Self-nominations are allowed. Nominations are due by 30 June each year.

Nomination Checklist

Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award Committee

Photo of Donald G. Bruns2018 – Donald G. Bruns
For his successful recreation of, and improvement upon, Eddington's iconic deflection-of-light experiment during the 2017 total solar eclipse, which represents a tour de force in careful observing and calibration.
Photo of Daryll LaCourse2016 – Daryll LaCourse
For significant contributions to exoplanet research as a leading member of the Zooniverse Planet Hunters program, including painstaking examination and independent reanalysis of Kepler data through which he discovered several new exoplanet candidates as well as more than 100 previously unknown eclipsing binary systems.
Photo of Mike Simonsen2014 – Mike Simonsen
For his multiyear Z CamPaign dedicated to the long-term study of Z Camelopardalis stars, the results of which, published in the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, promises to have a long-lasting impact on the field of accretion-disk theory.
Photo of Kian Jek2012 – Kian Jek
For his work in the Kepler Mission's Planet Hunters program that has been instrumental in the discovery of several planets that had been missed by the Kepler pipelines.
Photo of Tim Puckett2011 – Tim Puckett
For his efforts in developing and leading the Puckett Observatory World Supernova Search program to understand some of the most important and intriguing objects in the Universe, and the advancements in astrophysics and cosmology that have been made possible through those efforts.
Year Recipient(s) Citation
2010 R. Jay GaBany For his work as one of the leading amateur CCD astrophotographers over the past decade.
2009 Robert D. Stephens For his extensive contributions to the understanding of asteroids through collection and analysis of asteroid photometry.
2008 Steve Mandel For his many contributions to wide-field imaging.
2007 Ronald H. Bissinger For his many contributions to the photometric study of transiting extrasolar planets.
2006 Brian D. Warner For his diverse contributions to the theoretical understanding of relativistic explosions, gamma-ray bursts and the dynamics of solar system bodies.