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.
2019 – Elena Aprile
2018 – Dennis Coyne
2018 – Peter Fritschel
2018 – David Shoemaker
2017 – Garth Illingworth
2016 – Jan Tauber
|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.|