Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy
The Pierce Prize is normally awarded annually for outstanding achievement, over the past five years, in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award (for the 2021 prize, for example, the recipient must have been born in 1986 or later). Note, however, that suspensions of career progress due to documented family or medical leave may be allowed as a factor in considering a person's eligibility. The recipient shall be a resident of North America (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico) or a member of a North American institution stationed abroad.
Self-nominations are allowed, and all prize requirements must be met at the time of nomination. No individual candidate is eligible for both the Warner and Pierce Prizes.
Nominations are open and are due on 30 June.
2024 - Maria Drout
2023 - Renee Ludlam
2022 - Erin Kara
2021 - Courtney Dressing
2020 – Emily Levesque
2019 – Daniel R. Weisz
2018 – Caitlin Casey
2017 – Evan Kirby
2016 – Karin I. Öberg
2015 – Heather A. Knutson
2014 – Nadia L. Zakamska
|For major contributions to the field of stellar and Galactic astrophysics, including establishing a fundamental relation of stellar astrophysics, the initial-final mass relation, that maps the fraction of mass loss that stars experience over their lives.
|John A. Johnson
|For major contributions to understanding fundamental relationships between extrasolar planets and their parent stars, including finding a variety of orientations between planetary orbital planes and the spin axes of their stars, developing a rigorous understanding of planet detection rates in transit and direct imaging experiments, and examining possible correlations between planet frequency and the mass and metallicity of their host stars.
|For the impact he has had on the study of exoplanets, his contributions to our understanding of the unexpected diversity of exoplanet properties, and the extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit and capability he has shown in the development of one of the most successful systems for detecting transiting extra-solar planets (HATNet).
|For his insightful work into the physical understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies, groups an clusters, including the coupled evolution of the luminous, dark matter and black hole components
|In recognition of his work to explore and understand the nature of gamma-ray burst sources, both as a successful observer of these enigmatic and highly transient phenomena, and through his work to synthesize these observations into a coherent model of the mechanisms and astrophysical sites of gamma-ray burst formation.
|Lisa J. Kewley
|For her influential contributions to both the theoretical and observational fields of galaxy evolution. Dr. Kewley has pioneered new and improved techniques to determine key physical parameters as the star formation rate, chemical compositions, and energy source (massive stars versus AGN), which have brought new insights into the history of star-forming galaxies.
|Bryan M. Gaensler
|For his work on the interactions between neutron stars and their surroundings, which led to our appreciation of the wide diversity of magnetized neutron stars.
|For his outstanding contributions to sub-mm and far-IR astronomy.
|For his outstanding contributions to x-ray astronomy.
|For his systematic discovery of high redshift quasars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
|In recognition of her outstanding achievement in observational cosmology using data from X-ray through radio wavelengths to explore previously unknown populations of distant galaxies, giving a view of galaxies early in the history of the universe and showing that they are major contributors to the extragalactic background.
|Kenneth R. Sembach
|In recognition of work which has been important in increasing our understanding of the structure and elemental abundances of the gaseous component of the galaxy, especially of the galactic halo, as well as in discovering new facets of the high velocity cloud phenomenon in the galactic periphery.
|In recognition of using data from a variety of x-ray satellites to identify reflection spectra and broadened iron lines from accretion disks in active galactic nuclei. 1999 Dennis F. Zaritsky
|Dennis F. Zaritsky
|Andrea M. Ghez
|Alyssa A. Goodman
|Arlin P.S. Crotts
|Harriet L. Dinerstein
|Sallie L. Baliunas
|Donald E. Winget
|Richard G. Kron
|Marc Aaronson & Jeremy R. Mould
|James M. Moran, Jr.
|Donald N.B. Hall
|James Roger Angel
|Edwin M. Kellogg