PN05/49: RAS Announces Geophysics Award Winners for 2006
The Chapman Medal has been awarded to Professor Steve Schwartz in recognition of his pioneering work in solar terrestrial physics and space plasma physics. His theoretical work in the early 1990s on the “quasi-parallel shock”, the component of the Earth’s bow shock believed to be responsible for particle heating and acceleration, has been confirmed in the past few years by observations from the Cluster spacecraft.
Dr Clare Parnell has been awarded the Fowler Prize for Geophysics in recognition of her outstanding contribution to solar physics, whilst still at an early stage of her research career. Dr Parnell’s research has had an international impact on the fundamental understanding of the heating of the solar corona, one of the major unsolved mysteries of solar physics in recent years.
The prize for Service to Astronomy and Geophysics goes to Dr Brian Marsden. Dr Marsden was Director of the International Astronomical Union’s Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams from 1968 to 2000, and is now Director Emeritus. In this capacity he was responsible for disseminating information about transient objects and events in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics. Since 1978 Marsden has also directed the IAU’s Minor Planet Center, which issues orbital and related information about comets and asteroids. From 1987 to 2002 he was Associate Director for Planetary Sciences at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Associateships of the Royal Astronomical Society, which honour eminent geophysicists who are not normally resident in the UK, are awarded to:
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