Lancelot M. Berkeley − New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy

The Lancelot M. Berkeley − New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy is awarded annually for highly meritorious work in advancing the science of astronomy during the previous year. No restrictions are placed on a candidate's citizenship or country of residency. The prize may shared by up to three individuals and individuals are eligible to receive the prize more than once. The work being recognized must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal in the calendar year prior to the AAS prize nomination deadline. The prize consists of a lecture and a monetary prize, which varies based on available funds and is split evenly between the winners of the award, plus travel expenses to attend an AAS meeting within 12 months to present the prize lecture.

The Vice-Presidents of the Society, in consultation with the AAS Editor in Chief selects the Berkeley prize winner(s) for meritorious work published within the last year; nominations are not accepted for the Berkeley prize. The prize is supported by a grant from the New York Community Trust.

Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize Committee

2019 – 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. As described in the paper “First Dark Matter Search Results from the XENON1T Experiment,

2018 – Dennis Coyne

For his leadership role in the development of the Advanced LIGO detectors, which have opened a new window on the universe. Coyne and co-recipients Peter Fritschel and David Shoemaker are coauthors of the LIGO team’s paper “Astrophysical Implications of th

2018 – Peter Fritschel

For his leadership role in the development of the Advanced LIGO detectors, which have opened a new window on the universe. Fritschel and co-recipients Dennis Coyne and David Shoemaker are coauthors of the LIGO team’s paper “Astrophysical Implications of t

2018 – David Shoemaker

For his leadership role in the development of the Advanced LIGO detectors, which have opened a new window on the universe. Shoemaker and co-recipients Dennis Coyne and Peter Fritschel are coauthors of the LIGO team’s paper “Astrophysical Implications of t

2017 – Garth Illingworth

For his major research programs using innovative tools and techniques to investigate the formation, history, evolution, and nature of the most distant and earliest galaxies. He is awarded the Berkeley Prize for his team’s report describing significant new

2016 – Jan Tauber

Tauber is project scientist for the international Plank Collaboration and, as such, helped lead the Planck mission to its groundbreaking success in delivering detailed maps of the cosmic microwave background and precise values of key cosmological paramete
Year Recipient(s) Citation
2015 David Weinberg For his paper "The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey of SDSS-III," written with numerous coauthors and published in the Astronomical Journal in 2013.
2014 James Lemen Dr. James Lemen was the leader in the design and construction of the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly for the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which has enabled forefront advances into understanding of solar activity. He is awarded the Berkeley Prize for his widely cited paper entitled “The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on the Solar Dynamics Observatory.”
2013 Eiichiro Komatsu For advancing the field of cosmology by using a combination of 7 years of WMAP data together with distances from baryon acoustic oscillations and H0 to place new constraints on the Standard LambdaCDM model. This work was published in 2011, ApJS, 192, 18 with 20 co-authors and was the most highly cited astronomy paper in 2012.
2012 Linda J. Tacconi For her work on cold gas in massive star-forming galaxies in the young universe.
2011 William J. Borucki & David G. Koch For the discovery of new worlds and for taking a major step in determining the extent of life in our galaxy.