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Last Updated on Friday, 16 April 2010 13:12
Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2005 00:00

The Royal Astronomical Society has announced the names of 14 scientists it is honouring with medals and awards in 2004.

The Society's highest honour, the Gold Medal, is awarded to Professor Jeremiah P. Ostriker, Plumian Professor at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, and Professor Grenville Turner FRS, Emeritus Professor of Cosmochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Manchester. Prof. Ostriker is internationally renowned as one of the most influential researchers in theoretical astrophysics and Prof. Turner is a distinguished pioneer in the field of cosmochemistry.

The Herschel Medal of the Society goes to Professor Keith Horne of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is one of the world's foremost observational astronomers in the study of cataclysmic variable stars and a leading authority in the UK on the search for extra-solar planets.

The Society's Chapman Medal is won by Professor Richard Harrison of the Space Science Department in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for his outstanding contributions to solar physics.

The Hannah Jackson (nee Gwilt) Medal and Gift is awarded to Mr Patrick Wallace of the UK's Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) for his notable contributions to the development of dependable and rigorous computer software for controlling telescopes.

The Royal Astronomical Society Award for Service to Astronomy is made to Dr Ian Corbett of the European Southern Observatory, Germany, for his exceptional service to astronomy and promotion of the subject in his career as a scientific administrator with the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and its predecessor.

Fowler Awards are made for significant contributions early in a researcher's career. They are made this year to Dr James Reeves of the Goddard Space Flight Center for his work on active galaxies and gamma-ray bursts, and to Dr Tim Horbury of the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, in recognition of his theoretical work on the solar wind.

Associateships of the Royal Astronomical Society honour eminent people in astronomy and geophysics who are not normally resident in the UK. Awards this years are made to:

Prof. Russell Cannon (Anglo-Australian Observatory, Sydney, Australia)Prof. Kurt Lambeck (Australian National University)Prof. Hiroshi Matsumoto (Kyoto University, Japan)Prof. Fernando Sansó ((Politechnico di Milano, Italy)Dr Malcolm Smith (Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, Chile)Dr Patricia Whitelock (South African Astronomical Observatory)
More information about the Royal Astronomical Society's medals and awards is available at:

Date: 17 February 2004

Issued by Jacqueline Mitton, RAS Press Officer.