[last revised August 2012]
- The LeRoy E. Doggett Prize for Historical Astronomy (hereafter "the
Prize") consists of an appropriate certificate containing a citation from
the Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) of the American Astronomical Society
- At the discretion of the HAD Committee, the Prize may be
accompanied by an honorarium and/or travel expenses to a HAD meeting in order that the recipient may give an invited lecture.
- The Prize shall be given no more often than biennially, on the schedule
specified in Sec. IV.
- The Prize shall not be given to any person more than once.
- Recipients of the Prize may be of any nationality and need not be
members of HAD or of the AAS.
- Posthumous awards of the Prize shall not be made.
- The Prize shall be administered in accordance with the Bylaws of the AAS
and the policies of the AAS Council.
- Criteria for the Prize
- The Prize shall be awarded to an individual whose long-term efforts and lifetime achievements have had significant impact on the field of the history of astronomy.
- In the above, "history of astronomy" is taken in its broadest sense,
that is, to include all historical studies of the astronomical research,
observations, practices, and beliefs of all cultures, past and present.
"History of astronomy" also includes the discipline per se, that is, the
institutions and practices that make it possible to do historical research
- The Prize Committee
- The recipient of the Prize shall be chosen by the Prize Committee, which
consists of five persons: the immediate past HAD Chair (Chair of the Prize
Committee), the present HAD Chair, the HAD Secretary/Treasurer (Secretary of
the Prize Committee), and two at-large members proposed by the HAD Chair and
approved by the HAD Committee.
- The two at-large members shall serve staggered four-year terms beginning
in alternate Januaries. At any given time no more than one of these persons
may be a non-member of both the AAS and HAD. In choosing the at-large
members, a balance shall be sought on the Committee between the various
branches and styles of research in the history of astronomy.
- Members of the Prize Committee are not eligible for the HAD Prize until
four years after they leave the Committee.
- Selection Procedure
- The Prize Committee shall issue a call for nominations, either in the HAD News or by other means, no later than 15 months before the award of the prize, which shall be awarded at the first HAD meeting (normally in January) of even-numbered years. A nomination shall consist of a detailed letter of support and a complete curriculum vitae for the nominee. Nominations may be proposed by
any Member or Affiliate Member of HAD.
- Nominations will be accepted by the Secretary of the Prize Committee until March 1 of the year before the year of the award.
- The Prize Committee's selection shall be guided by the nomination
materials, further materials that they may solicit, and the desirability of
balancing the awarding of Prizes over the years between different branches
and styles of research or service in the history of astronomy. The Committee
may also at any time make its own nominations for consideration.
- The Committee shall select a recipient by majority vote.
- The Committee may decide at any time not to award a Prize for the current cycle.
- Nominees who do not win the Prize are automatically carried over as
candidates for the next two Prize cycles, after which time a person must be
- The Prize Committee shall make its announcement of the winner, if any,
as well as the citation for the winner, no later than October 1 of the year before the year of the Prize. The HAD Committee shall decide at this time whether the recipient shall be invited to give a lecture at the following HAD meeting (normally in January of the year of the Prize), whether travel expenses for the recipient shall be provided, and the amount of any honorarium. These decisions will be guided by the procedures given in Sec. V.
- Prize Fund
- A permanent Prize Fund shall be established and administered by the AAS. The HAD Committee
shall determine what fraction of the Fund's income shall be used to maintain the Fund against inflation. The remaining income shall be available for the
Prize and its associated expenses. If income from the Fund is insufficient, the HAD Committee may authorize that Prize expenses be obtained from the principal of the Prize Fund or from the HAD general account.
- The HAD Committee and Prize Committee shall make prudent and equitable
decisions regarding the amounts to award in any given year for any honoraria
and travel expenses.
- The HAD Committee is empowered to change these rules by majority vote;
such changes shall not apply to the current Prize