The National Academy of Sciences NAS awards James Craig Watson Medal every two years for outstanding contributions to the science of astronomy. James Craig Watson, a member of NAS, established the Watson Medal. Moreover, Watson has credit for discovering twenty-two asteroids in his lifetime. Further, he published many articles and wrote A Popular Treatise on Comets (1861) and Theoretical Astronomy (1868).
Benjamin Apthorp Gould was the first to receive the Watson Medal in 1887 for his work promoting the progress of astronomical science. Gould was not only an astronomer but also active in securing the establishment of the National Academy of Sciences. Among other contributions to astronomy, Gould mapped the stars of the southern skies. This four-year-long endeavor involved the use of the recently developed photometric method, and upon the publication of its results in 1879, it was received as a significant contribution to science.
NAS will award the winner of the James Craig Watson Medal with a gold-plated bronze medal. Further, the winner will receive a cash prize of an amount of $25,000. Also, they will receive $50,000 to support the recipient’s research.
Candidates for the NAS awards can be nominated by completing and submitting the online application form. Further, the following documentation should be provided while nominating a candidate:
NAS will accept nomination for the Watson Medal until October 7, 2019. Nominations arriving after the deadline are not eligible for award consideration.
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