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Herschel Medal

The Herschel Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in observational astrophysics. This medal is awarded for a single outstanding piece of work, such that younger scientists may be candidates for this award.


Word nomination form

pdf nomination form


Nominations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 July for the following year's awards and should include:

  • The above nomination form
  • A full CV
  • A short list of key refereed publications (preferably with citation data. Ideally, this publication list should be extracted from the Astrophysics Data System)
  • Your nomination (minimum length 300 words, maximum length 600 words). This should address how the nominee fulfils the criteria of the Award, in particular the single investigation for which the nominee is being proposed should be clearly highlighted. The nomination should also include the nominee's present career stage, the nominee's present post, and other awards and honours.Successful nominations argue a strong case for why the nominee deserves the award over and above one of their peers working in the same area. It is helpful if the nomination is phrased in such a way that extracts from it can be used in the formal recommendation of the Committee.
  • Additionally, you should ask two referees to send supporting statements directly to the above address by the same deadline.