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National Honours

Anyone may propose a candidate for a national honour, by contacting the Ceremonial Secretariat at the Cabinet Office. In appropriate cases the RAS will be prepared to add its weight to a candidature by making the nomination in the name of the Society. It may do this if the proposed candidate is pre-eminent in a field of astronomy or geophysics through research, teaching or service to the scientific community.

The UK government publishes details of available honours and the criteria used to evaluate nominations. To enable the RAS to reach a decision to act as a nominator please download and complete the appropriate sections of the pdfHonours application form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 31 July in any given year. Please note that, to preserve strict confidentiality, apart from acknowledging receipt of the nomination there is unlikely to be any other communication from the RAS.