Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy

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The Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy is awarded annually by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) to a woman resident of North America, who is within five years of receipt of a PhD, for distinguished contributions to astronomy or for similar contributions in related sciences which have immediate application to astronomy. The awardee is invited to give a talk at an AAS meeting and is given a $1,500 honorarium.[1] The award is named in honor of American astronomer Annie Jump Cannon.

Margaret Burbidge was due to be given the 1972 award, but she refused it on the grounds of gender discrimination, stating: "It is high time that discrimination in favor of, as well as against, women in professional life be removed".[2] This prompted the AAS to set up its first committee on the status of women in astronomy[2] and they ceased issuing the award directly. From 1973–2004 the American Association of University Women issued the awards, on advice from the AAS. The AAS resumed direct issuing of the award in 2005.

List of winners[edit]

Source: American Astronomical Society

Year Recipient
Awarded by the AAS
1934 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
1937 Charlotte Moore Sitterly
1940 Julie Vinter Hansen
1943 Antonia Maury
1946 Emma Vyssotsky
1949 Helen Sawyer Hogg
1952 Ida Barney[3]
1955 Helen Dodson Prince
1958 Margaret Mayall
1962 Margaret Harwood
1965 Erika Böhm-Vitense
1968 Henrietta Swope
Awarded by the AAUW with advice of AAS
1974 Beatrice Tinsley
1976 Catharine Garmany
1978 Paula Szkody
1980 Lee Anne Willson
1982 Judith Young
1984 Harriet Dinerstein
1986 Rosemary Wyse
1988 Karen Jean Meech
1989 Jacqueline Hewitt
1990 Claudia Megan Urry
1991 Jane Luu
1992 Elizabeth Lada
1993 Stefi Baum
1994 Andrea Ghez
1995 Suzanne Madden
1996 Joan Najita
1997 Chung-Pei Ma
1998 Victoria M. Kaspi
1999 Sally Oey
2000 Alycia J. Weinberger
2001 Amy Barger
2002 Vassiliki Kalogera
2003 Annette Ferguson
2004 Sara Ellison
Awarded by the AAS
2006 Lisa J. Kewley
2007 Ann Hornschemeier
2008 Jenny Greene
2009 Alicia M. Soderberg
2010 Anna Frebel
2011 Rachel Mandelbaum
2012 Heather Knutson
2013 Sarah Dodson-Robinson
2014 Emily Levesque
2015 Smadar Naoz
2016 Laura A. Lopez
2017 Rebekah Dawson
2018 Ilse Cleeves
2019 Blakesley Burkhart
2020 Caroline Morley[4]
2021 Laura Kreidberg
2022 Eve Lee
2023 Marta Bryan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AAS Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Skuse, Ben (6 April 2020). "Celebrating Astronomer Margaret Burbidge, 1919–2020". Sky & Telescope. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Bibliography: Ida Smith Barney". Women in Astronomy. Library of Congress. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Caroline Morley Receives Annie Jump Cannon Award | McDonald Observatory".