Western Amateur Astronomers
G. BRUCE BLAIR AWARD
The G. 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.
Mr. Albert G. Ingalls
ATM pioneer and author. of ATM 1, 2 and 3.
Prof. Walter H. Haas
Founder of ALPO, Co-founded WAA.
Dr. Otto Struve
Leading 20th Century astronomy popularizer.
Dr. Margaret Mayall
Director AAVSO 1949-1973.
Dr. Dinsmore Alter
Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
Dr. Earle G. Linsley
Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
Mr. David Barcroft
ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
Mr. Carl Wells
WAA founder and well known ATM.
Arthur & Natalie Leonard
Active participants of Moonwatch & WAA.
Mr. Thomas Cragg
Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
Mr. Walter Scott Houston
Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
Dr. Clyde Tombaugh
Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
Dr. Clarence P. Custer
Active in the WAA and famous astrophotographer.
Dr. Leslie C. Peltier
Famous comet and variable star observer.
Dr. David Dunham
Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
Mr. Thomas R. Cave
Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
Mr. Charles F. Capen
Expert observer, especially of Mars.
Mr. George A. Carroll
West coast builder of large telescopes.
Mr. Clinton Ford
Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
Mr. Raymond Coutchie
Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
Mr. John Dobson
Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
Mr. Clifford W. Holmes
Founded the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.
Mr. Patrick Moore
Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
Mr. Frank Miller
Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
Mr. Jackson Carle
Well known Central Valley ATM.
Mr. Kingsley W. Wightman
Long-time teacher of Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
Mr. Paul Zurakowski
Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
Mr. Ashley Thomas McDermott Professor and
astronomy popularizer in southern California.
Mr. Douglas Berger
Founder of Astronomy Day.
Mr. John Sanford
Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
Mr. Chesley Bonestall
Famous astronomical artist.
Miss Betty Neall
WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
Mr. Ben Mayer
Famous west coast astrophotographer.
Mr. Jack Borde
Long time ATM, and a participant in WAA, MDAS and Moonwatch.
Mr. Stephen J. Edberg
Famous international amateur astronomer.
Dr. Harold F. Weaver
ASP patron and long-time supporter of amateur astronomy.
Mr. David H. Levy
Teacher of young people, author and comet discoverer.
Dr. John Westfall
ALPO director & coordinator of Prof.-Amateur research projects.
Mr. Kevin Medlock
Builder of large amateur telescopes.
Mr. Tom Johnson
Founder of Celestron, popularizer of the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Mr. Don Machholz
Observer & popularizer of comets.
Dr. Ed Krupp
Director of Griffith Observatory and book author.
Mr. Robert Stevens
Educator, Secretary and Treasurer to RTMC.
Promoter of CCD astrometry, author of CCD Cookbook.
Denni Frerichs Medlock Past
of WAA; Co-coordinator of Group 70.
Joel W. Goodman, PH.D.
Bay area amateur, speaker, Docent MDOA, ALPO Saturn
Astrophotographer, early developer
of tri-color photo process.
Mike D. Reynolds
Director of Chabot Space Science Center.
Active amateur and supporter.
Mr. F. Jack Eastman
Well known ATM, member of LAAS, DAS, advisor at
Jane Houston Jones
Past Pres. of AANC, writer, Cassini Senior Outreach Spec.at JPL
David L. Crawford
Teacher, speaker, co-founder of IDA, promoter of sensible night lighting.
Christopher "Chris" Butler Artist, speaker. director
of program exhibits Griffith Observatory.
Bay area amateur, CSSC
and RTMC board member, Long time Pres. EAS.
Developer/mgr. NASA/ASP Night Sky Network.Coordinator, Project ASTRO, author.
Past Pres of 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 designer, speaker and member of TAC.