Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize

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The Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize is awarded every two years by the American Astronomical Society . It recognizes outstanding research contributions in astronomy or astrophysics that are extraordinarily creative or innovative in nature. The award is named after the cosmologist and astronomer Beatrice Tinsley .

Tinsley Prize Winner

year Award winners Reason
1986 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discoverer of the first pulsar
1988 United StatesUnited States Harold I. Ewen Edward Mills Purcell
United StatesUnited States
Discoverer of the 21 cm line of atomic hydrogen
1990 FranceFrance Antoine Labeyrie Inventor of Speckle Interferometry
1992 United StatesUnited States Robert Henry Dicke Inventor of the lock-in amplifier
1994 United StatesUnited States Raymond Davis Junior Inventor of neutrino detectors , first measurement of solar neutrinos
1996 PolandPoland Aleksander Wolszczan Discoverer of the first pulsar planet
1998 United StatesUnited States Robert E. Williams Spectroscopy, especially in gas clouds
2000 United StatesUnited States Charles R. Alcock Search for massive compact objects in galactic halos
2002 United StatesUnited States Geoffrey Marcy R. Paul Butler Steven Vogt
United StatesUnited States
United StatesUnited States
Developer of ultra-high-resolution Doppler spectroscopy , and discoverer of many extrasolar planets through measurements of radial velocity
2004 United StatesUnited States Ronald J. Reynolds Studies of the interstellar medium
2006 United StatesUnited States John E. Carlstrom Investigation of the cosmic microwave background with the help of the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect
2008 United StatesUnited States Mark Reid For precision astrometry experiments with the VLBI and VLBA and pioneering work for the use of cosmic masers in astronomy. His research in radio astronomy led to a better understanding of regions with star formation and improved the distance measurements in the local group .
2010 United StatesUnited States Drake Deming For discovering thermal infrared radiation from exoplanets with the Spitzer Space Telescope
2012 Ronald L. Gilliland For time-domain - photometry with very high signal-to-noise ratio.
2014 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Chris Lintott For generating transformative access to the natural sciences by involving non-scientists in cutting-edge research
2016 United StatesUnited States Andrew Gould For his development of gravitational microlensing as an important tool for the discovery and characterization of exoplanets.
2018 United StatesUnited States Julianne Dalcanton For her pioneering use of large surveys to study low-surface-brightness galaxies and her leadership in developing Hubble Space Telescope surveys to create a legacy of data on resolved stellar populations of nearby galaxies.
2020 PolandPolandKrzysztof Stanek Christopher Kochanek
United StatesUnited States
For their innovative contributions to time-domain astronomy and, in particular, their leadership in the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN).

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