Western Amateur Astronomers
G. BRUCE BLAIR AWARD
Bruce Blair Medal is the highest honor which the Western Amateur Astronomers(WAA)
can bestow upon an individual.
It is the "Nobel
Prize" of amateur astronomy and is awarded to a living professional or amateur
astronomer who has made an important contribution to amateur astronomy.
Candidates are voted on by secret ballot eliminating
the lowest candidates until one candidate and an alternate candidate are selected
at the Winter Board Meeting of the Western Amateur Astronomers. All nominees
are held in confidence until this award is accepted.
1954 Mr. Albert G.
pioneer and author. of ATM 1, 2 and 3.
1955 Prof. Walter H.
of ALPO, Co-founded WAA.
1956 Dr. Otto Struve
Leading 20th Century astronomy popularizer.
1957 Dr. Margaret Mayall
Director AAVSO 1949-1973.
1958 Dr. Dinsmore Alter
Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
1959 Dr. Earle G. Linsley
Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
1960 Mr. David Barcroft
ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
1961 Mr. Carl Wells
WAA founder and well known ATM.
1962 Arthur & Natalie
Leonard Active participants of
Moonwatch & WAA.
1963 Mr. Thomas Cragg
Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
1964 Mr. Walter Scott
Houston Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
1965 Dr. Clyde Tombaugh
Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
1966 Dr. Clarence P.
Custer Active in the
WAA and famous astrophotographer.
1967 Dr. Leslie C.
comet and variable star observer.
1968 Dr. David Dunham
Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
1969 Mr. Thomas R.
Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
1970 Mr. Charles F.
Expert observer, especially of Mars.
1971 Mr. George A.
coast builder of large telescopes.
1972 Mr. Clinton Ford
Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
1973 Mr. Raymond Coutchie
Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
1974 Mr. John Dobson
Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
1975 Mr. Clifford W.
Holmes Founded the
Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.
1976 Mr. Patrick Moore
Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
1977 Mr. Frank Miller
Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
1978 Mr. Jackson Carle
Well known Central Valley ATM.
1979 Mr. Kingsley W.
Wightman Long-time teacher of
Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
1980 Mr. Paul Zurakowski
Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
1981 Mr. Ashley Thomas
McDermott Professor and astronomy popularizer in
1982 Mr. Douglas Berger
Founder of Astronomy Day.
1983 Mr. John Sanford
Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
1984 Mr. Chesley Bonestall
Famous astronomical artist.
1985 Ms. Betty Neall
WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
1986 Mr. Ben Mayer
Famous west coast astrophotographer.
1987 Mr. Jack Borde
Long time ATM, and a participant in WAA, MDAS and Moonwatch.
1988 Mr. Stephen J.
international amateur astronomer.
1989 Dr. Harold F.
ASP patron and long-time supporter of amateur astronomy.
1990 Mr. David H. Levy
Teacher of young people, author and comet discoverer.
1991 Dr. John Westfall
ALPO director & coordinator of Pro - Amateur research projects.
1992 Mr. Kevin Medlock
Builder of large amateur telescopes.
1993 Mr. Tom Johnson
Celestron founder, popularizer of Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
1995 Mr. Don Machholz
Discoveror, observer and popularizer of comets.
Director of Griffith Observatory and book author.
1997 Mr. Robert Stevens
Educator, Secretary and Treasurer to RTMC.
Promoter of CCD astrometry, author of CCD Cookbook.
Denni Frerichs Medlock Past Secretary
of WAA; Co-coordinator of Group 70.
Joel W. Goodman, PH.D. Bay
area amateur, speaker, Docent MDOA, ALPO Saturn Recorder.
Astrophotographer, early developer of tri-color
Mike D. Reynolds
Director of Chabot Space Science Center. Active amateur
F. Jack Eastman
Well known ATM, member of LAAS, DAS, advisor at Chamberlin Obsy.
Jane Houston Jones
Past Pres. of AANC, writer, Cassini Senior Outreach Spec.at JPL
David L. Crawford
Teacher, co-founder of IDA, promotes sensible night lighting.
Christopher "Chris" Butler Artist, speaker. Program/exhibits
director at Griffith Observatory.
Bay area amateur, CSSC and
RTMC board member, Long time Pres. EAS.
Developer NASA/ASP Night Sky Network. Leads Project ASTRO,author.
Past Pres-LAAS. Founded MWOA and AWOB. 100hrsofAstronomy Co-Chair.
Robert K. Buchheim
Researcher, author, OCA Board Member/trustee, Board Member - SAS.
Amateur astronomer,formaer Meade rep. owner of Explore Scientific.
OCA-Outreach Coordinator has reached more than 100K people in SoCal.
J. Highe, PhD
Observer, ATM, telescope designer, speaker and member of TAC.
Volunteer, administrator of GSSP, director of the EAS TMW, Treasurer for multiple
Volunteer, President of MPAS and LAAS, educator, speaker.
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