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

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Hermann Goldschmidt

German-French astronomer and painter who spent much of his life in France.

English: Portrait of Hermann Goldschmidt, 1866
Royal Medal to commemorate the 100th Asteroid, showing Astronomers John Russel Hind, Hermann Goldschmidt and Robert Luther, 1869
Portrait of Christ by Goldschmidt. Ink on paper. Date unknown

He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1861 for having discovered more asteroids than any other person up to that time.

Fred Lawrence Whipple

American astronomer, who worked at the Harvard College Observatory for more than 70 years.

Fred Lawrence Whipple at age 95 in 2001 or 2002
Whipple in 1927

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1983)

Max Wolf

German astronomer and a pioneer in the field of astrophotography.

Max Wolf
The Bruce double astrograph at Heidelberg Observatory

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1914.

Otto Struve

A - astronomer of Baltic German origins.

Struve on a 1949 US Post envelope
Military officer card of Struve issued on 19 May 1917
Struve's diploma of trainer at the workshop school of fine mechanics, issued on 26 June 1919.
The 2.1 meter (82 inch) aperture Otto Struve telescope.

Struve received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1944), the Bruce Medal (1948), the Henry Draper Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (1949) and the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship of the American Astronomical Society (1957).

William Lassell

English merchant and astronomer.

Lassell was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) from 1839, won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1849, and served as its president for two years starting in 1870.

Edward Emerson Barnard

American astronomer.

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1897)

Walter Baade

German astronomer who worked in the United States from 1931 to 1959.

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1954)

Arthur Auwers

German astronomer.

Arthur Auwers in 1884

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1888

David Gill (astronomer)

Scottish astronomer who is known for measuring astronomical distances, for astrophotography, and for geodesy.

The grave of David Gill, St Machar's Cathedral

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1882 and 1908)

William Huggins

English astronomer best known for his pioneering work in astronomical spectroscopy together with his wife, Margaret.

Portrait by John Collier, 1905
William Huggins (1910)
Caricature of Huggins by Leslie Ward in Vanity Fair

Huggins won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1867, jointly with William Allen Miller.