The Berenice and Arthur Page Medal
The Berenice Page Medal was inaugurated by the ASA in 1972 in memory
of Mrs Berenice Page, an exceptional amateur astronomer and foundation member of the Society.
Although most ASA members are professional astronomers, Berenice and
her husband Arthur, were readily accepted into the Society because of the indispensable part
they played in the IAU Flare Star Programme in the 1960's. Arthur Page remained an ASA member until his death in 2011 and, with his family's agreement, the Society renamed the medal as the Berenice and Arthur Page Medal.
Berenice and Arthur Page Medal
The ASA awards the Berenice and Arthur Page Medal for excellence in amateur astronomy in Australia and its territories. It is normally awarded every two years for scientific contributions by an amateur astronomer that has served to advance astronomy.
The Berenice and Arthur Page Medal is presented at the biennial National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers (NACAA) by a representative of the ASA Council. The winner also receives one year's free membership of the ASA.
The award is specifically for scientific contributions that have served to advance astronomy. While the amateur astronomical community benefits greatly from members' organisational services, their popularisation of astronomy and their proficiency in established astronomical techniques, these qualities are not relevant to the award's criteria. Self nominations are permitted.
A request for nominations is usually emailed out to Amateur Astronomical Societies in the October of an odd-numbered year, with a closing date of 30 November.
Nominations must include:
Nominations should be addressed to:
Dr Tanya Hill
Further information can be found in the Conditions and Guidelines.