Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society

Entrance to the Royal Astronomical Society at Burlington House, London

Highest award given by the RAS.

- Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
Entrance to the Royal Astronomical Society at Burlington House, London

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Headquarters of the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace in London

Ralph Allan Sampson

British astronomer.

British astronomer.

Headquarters of the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace in London

He did important research into the theory of the motions of Jupiter's four Galilean satellites, for which he won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1928.

Sir Henry Savile, founder of the professorship

Savilian Professor of Astronomy

Established at the University of Oxford in 1619.

Established at the University of Oxford in 1619.

Sir Henry Savile, founder of the professorship

Three professors have been awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society: Charles Pritchard (1870–93), Harry Plaskett (1932–60) and Joseph Silk (1999–2012).

Burbidge pictured in 1976

Margaret Burbidge

British-American observational astronomer and astrophysicist.

British-American observational astronomer and astrophysicist.

Burbidge pictured in 1976

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, with Geoffrey Burbidge (2005)

Henri-Alexandre Deslandres

Henri-Alexandre Deslandres

French astronomer, director of the Meudon and Paris Observatories, who carried out intensive studies on the behaviour of the atmosphere of the Sun.

French astronomer, director of the Meudon and Paris Observatories, who carried out intensive studies on the behaviour of the atmosphere of the Sun.

Henri-Alexandre Deslandres

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, (1913)

Charles-Eugène Delaunay

Charles-Eugène Delaunay

French astronomer and mathematician.

French astronomer and mathematician.

Charles-Eugène Delaunay

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, (1870)

Surface of the moon, photographed by Loewy and Puiseux in 1894

Maurice Loewy

French astronomer.

French astronomer.

Surface of the moon, photographed by Loewy and Puiseux in 1894

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, (1889)

Henry Norris Russell

American astronomer who, along with Ejnar Hertzsprung, developed the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram (1910).

American astronomer who, along with Ejnar Hertzsprung, developed the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram (1910).

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1921)

Parliamentary portrait, 2019

Martin Rees

British cosmologist and astrophysicist.

British cosmologist and astrophysicist.

Parliamentary portrait, 2019

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1987)

Bell Burnell in 2009

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967.

Astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967.

Bell Burnell in 2009
Jocelyn Bell, June 1967
Chart on which Burnell first recognised evidence of a pulsar, exhibited at Cambridge University Library
Composite Optical/X-ray image of the Crab Nebula, showing synchrotron emission in the surrounding pulsar wind nebula, powered by injection of magnetic fields and particles from the central pulsar

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2021)

Annibale de Gasparis

Annibale de Gasparis

Italian astronomer, known for discovering asteroids and his contributions to theoretical astronomy.

Italian astronomer, known for discovering asteroids and his contributions to theoretical astronomy.

Annibale de Gasparis

He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1851.