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Athelstan Spilhaus Award
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2021 RECIPIENT
Sarah Johnson
Dr. Sarah Stewart Johnson’s considerable creativity, dedication and team-building skills are focused on creating and utilizing a variety of research protocols to identify even “life as we don’t know it” from our terrestrial experience base. She bring...
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2019 RECIPIENT
Brian May
Dr. May’s contributions to public awareness and appreciation of the space sciences are literally unique on the planet. World famous as the lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, he also holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics, which he was awarded in 2007 by ...
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2018 RECIPIENT
C Alex Young
The Athelstan Spilhaus Award recognizes exceptional skill, dedication, and success in informing the public of the value, beauty, and excitement of Earth and space science research. Dr. Alex Young embodies these virtues as an outstanding communicator ...
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2017 RECIPIENT
Erik Meade Conway
Few people have done as much to advance the history, understanding, and communication of Earth and space science and technology as Erik Conway. Erik received his B.S. in engineering and Ph.D. in the history of science and technology, with early work ...
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2016 RECIPIENT
Roberta Johnson
It gives me great pleasure to cite Roberta Johnson for the Athelstan Spilhaus Award. Through her career Roberta has worked to share the excitement and beauty of Earth and space through Windows to the Universe and programs for the public. This started...
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2015 RECIPIENT
Holly Robin Gilbert
The Athelstan Spilhaus Award recognizes exceptional skill, dedication, and success in informing the public of the value, beauty, and excitement of Earth and space science research. Dr. Holly Gilbert embodies these virtues like few others. Holly has m...
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2014 RECIPIENT
Simon Henry Lamb
The pathways of Simon Lamb and Athelstan Spilhaus share much in common. Both developed stellar careers in their respective area of Earth sciences, but both had a passion for science communication. Moreover, both recognized the power of pictures to co...
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2013 RECIPIENT
Iain S Stewart
It is a great pleasure and an honor to give the citation for the 2013 Athelstan Spilhaus awardee, Iain Stewart, professor of geoscience communication at the University of Plymouth, recognizing his truly exceptional work over the last decade in commun...
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