Jan. 22, 2018

Royal Astronomical Society awards Gold Medal to Glasgow professor

A professor from the University of Glasgow has been awarded a Gold Medal in astronomy from the Royal Astronomical Society, which is their highest honour. Professor James Hough, who is the emeritus holder of the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, received the Gold for his work on gravitational waves.

The Gold Medal was first awarded in 1824, and past recipients include Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble, Arthur Eddington and Stephen Hawking. Since 1964 two Gold Medals have been awarded each year: one for astronomy, and one for geophysics.

Speaking of his award Professor Hough, who has worked on gravitational waves for more than 45 years, comments, “I am deeply honoured and delighted to have been awarded the Gold Medal. I have been lucky in my working life to be part of what I believe is the biggest scientific breakthrough of the century. I would like to dedicate this award to all my colleagues and friends who have played a vital role in the birth of gravitational wave astronomy.”

Director of the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Gravitational Research, Professor Sheila Rowan, says, “I am absolutely delighted to see Jim recognised by the RAS with their highest award – his contributions to the field of gravitational waves have been many and varied and have shaped at a deep level the laser interferometers around the globe that form our network of gravitational wave observatories.”

President of the Royal Astronomical Society, Professor John Zarnecki, explains, “Over nearly two centuries, the Society has recognised the very best men and women in astronomy, space science and geophysics, in the UK and around the world, and this year is no exception.”

You can find out more about the awards recipients here.

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Content added on 22nd January 2018. 

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