The Astronomer Historical Awards

Complied by Tracie Heywood

The Astronomer has two annual awards: the ‘Alan Young’ award for the best contribution to the magazine cover and the ‘George Alcock’ award for best overall contribution to TA. Both awards are based on each magazine volume (May to April).

Volume Period Cover Award Overall Award
1 1964-65 George Alcock
2 1965-66 K J H Phillips
3 1966-67 Alan Heath
4 1967-68 Mike Gainsford
5 1968-69 Mike Gainsford
6 1969-70 Brian Carter
7 1970-71 Henk Feijth
8-9 1971-73 Keith Sturdy
10 1973-74
11 1974-75 Walter Pennell
12 1975-76 Bill Bradfield
13 1976-77 John Hosty
14 1977-78 Brian Manning
15 1978-79 Nigel Scott Peter Birtwhistle
16 1979-80 Brian Manning Harold Hill
17 1980-81 Brian Manning Dave Branchett
18 1981-82 Alan Young Alan Young
19 1982-83 Alan Young Rob McNaught
20 1983-84 Brian Manning Rob McNaught
21 1984-85 Brian Manning Rob McNaught
22 1985-86 Rob McNaught Rob McNaught
23 1986-87 Jean Dragesco Rob McNaught
24 1987-88 Gordon Garradd Rob McNaught
25 1988-89 Terry Platt Brian Manning
26 1989-90 Terry Platt Brian Manning
27 1990-91 Jean Dragesco Mark Kidger
28 1991-92 Jean Dragesco Herman Mikuz
29 1992-93 Martin Mobberley Paul Camilleri
30 1993-94
31 1994-95 Martin Mobberley Brian Manning
32 1995-96 Herman Mikuz Bob Evans
33 1996-97 Lennart Dahlmark Mark Armstrong
34 1997-98 Maurice Gavin Mark Armstrong
35 1998-99 Nick James Ron Arbour
36 1999-2000 Terry Platt Tom Boles
37 2000-01 Arto Oksanen Mark Armstrong
38 2001-02 Giovanni Sostero Martin Mobberley
39 2002-03 Peter Birtwhistle Tom Boles
40 2003-04 Martin Mobberley Peter Birtwhistle
41 2004-05 Jeremy Shears Mark Kidger
42 2005-06 Tom Boles Mark Kidger
43 2006-07 Nick James Peter Birtwhistle
44 2007-08 Dave Storey Ron Arbour
45 2008-09 Ernesto Guido/Giovanni Sostero Peter Birtwhistle
46 2009-10 Anthony Wesley Graham Wolf
47 2010-11 Anthony Ayiomamitis Gary Poyner
48 2011-12 Martin Mobberley Montse Campas
49 2012-13 Cristian Fattinnanzi Peter Meadows
50 2013-14 Paul Abel Steve Fossey
51 2014-15 Nick James Bill Ward
52 2015-16 Damian Peach Ron Arbour
53 2016-17 Denis Buczynski Alex Pratt

Notes

The cover award was named the ‘Alan Young’ award from 1991 while the overall award was named the ‘George Alcock’ award from 2001.

In the early years the award appeared under a number of different titles:

  • The first three awards were for the “Most Casual Astronomer”.

  • The 1968 and 1973 awards were for the “Astronomer of the Year”.

  • The 1969 award was titled “Most Prolific Observer”.

  • The 1971 award was titled “Most Consistent Contributor”.

The lack of a 1974 award may be due to there being no AGM that year.

Early winners were chosen by the Editor, switching in 1973 to the Editorial Committee and from 1977 onwards to a vote by members.

There were no annual awards in 1994 as they were replaced by a competition for the best display, based on content from the first 30 years, at the 30th anniversary meeting. The recipient(s) were not reported in TA.

Winners of the Exhibition award at the AGM are recorded for 1989 (Jack Ells) and 1996 (Margareta Westlund).

Brian Manning (8) has the most awards, followed by Rob McNaught (7) and Martin Mobberley (5).

Originally published in The Astronomer Vol 54, No 648, pages 330-331.