[ASA] ASA's new Peter McGregor Prize

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Tue Mar 29 11:32:39 AEDT 2016

The ASA is pleased to announce the creation of the Peter McGregor Prize in recognition of exceptional achievement or innovation in astronomical instrumentation.  See http://asa.astronomy.org.au/pmp.php

The award is to be made to an individual or team for the design, invention or improvement of astronomical instrumentation and associated software techniques that have enabled significant advances in any areas of astronomy, without restriction to wavelength or space/ground-based observations.

To be eligible for the Prize the nominee or leader of a nominated team must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the nomination deadline OR the nominated work must have been primarily carried out for or by an Australian institution.

The Prize consists of a plaque together with an award of $5,000.

Nominations are now open for the initial award of the Peter McGregor Prize, with a closing date of Tuesday 3 May.  The prize will be presented at the ASA Conference dinner in Sydney on Thursday 7 July.

The prize has been suggested by some of Peter’s colleagues and they are contributing funds to seed the prize.  However, making the prize sustainable in the long term requires further funds.  As with the other ASA prizes, the Peter McGregor Prize funds will be held in the ASA’s tax deductible Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy (FAA).

If you would like to support the prize in memory Peter and his work, tax deductible donations can be made to the FAA, specifying a preference for the Peter McGregor Prize.  See the FAA web site at http://asa.astronomy.org.au/FAA/index.php or the prize web site at http://asa.astronomy.org.au/pmp.php


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