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

2022 Prize & Award Winners

Alex Filippenko

For his passionate and wildly popular teaching of non-science majors; his mentoring of hundreds of teaching assistants and undergraduate research students; his dedication to public education through lectures, TV documentaries, and video courses; his textbook and other popular writings; and his leadership in saving Lick Observatory, a prominent California observatory that faced defunding in 2014.

Alex Filippenko

For his passionate and wildly popular teaching of non-science majors; his mentoring of hundreds of teaching assistants and undergraduate research students; his dedication to public education through lectures, TV documentaries, and video courses; his textbook and other popular writings; and his leadership in saving Lick Observatory, a prominent California observatory that faced defunding in 2014.

Education Prize

Donald York

For exceptional vision in the conception and design of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), a major imaging and spectroscopic survey that has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the universe ever made.

Donald York

For exceptional vision in the conception and design of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), a major imaging and spectroscopic survey that has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the universe ever made.

George Van Biesbroeck Prize

Erin Kara

For her innovative and sustained contributions to high-energy astrophysics. 

Erin Kara

For her innovative and sustained contributions to high-energy astrophysics. 

Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy

Eve Lee

For her illuminating work on the formation of stars, debris disks, and planets.

Eve Lee

For her illuminating work on the formation of stars, debris disks, and planets.

Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy

Michael Lesser

For innovative and foundational work on methods of thinning, coating, and reading out large-format back-side illuminated CCD detectors.

Michael Lesser

For innovative and foundational work on methods of thinning, coating, and reading out large-format back-side illuminated CCD detectors.

Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

Norman Murray

For his deep theoretical insight into an exceptionally broad range of astrophysical phenomena, including the dynamics of planetary systems, accretion disk winds in active galactic nuclei, and star formation and feedback in galaxies.

Norman Murray

For his deep theoretical insight into an exceptionally broad range of astrophysical phenomena, including the dynamics of planetary systems, accretion disk winds in active galactic nuclei, and star formation and feedback in galaxies.

Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics

Peter Wizinowich

For pioneering work on the Keck adaptive optics systems.

Peter Wizinowich

For pioneering work on the Keck adaptive optics systems.

Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

Richard Mushotzky

For a lifetime of innovative X-ray and multiwavelength research, including foundational studies of the properties of active galactic nuclei and the composition and structures of hot gas in clusters of galaxies.

Richard Mushotzky

For a lifetime of innovative X-ray and multiwavelength research, including foundational studies of the properties of active galactic nuclei and the composition and structures of hot gas in clusters of galaxies.

Henry Norris Russell Lectureship