R.M. Petrie Prize Lecture

 The Petrie Lecture is an invited discourse by an outstanding astrophysicist which is held at Annual Meetings of the Society in alternate years, in memory of the significant contributions to astrophysical research by the late Robert M. Petrie. The Petrie Lecture originated under the auspices of the Canadian Committee for the IAU, prior to the existence of the Society, and was revived by the Society in 1977 as a regular event. Nominations for the Petrie Lecture can be made by submitting the name of a nominee to the Awards committee at any time. Nominations for the 2017 Lecturer should be received by 21 November, 2016.

2017 Petrie Prize Lecture

The 2017 R. M. Petrie Prize is awarded to Dr. Charles Beichman for his incredible career contributions to the study of extrasolar planetary systems.

Dr. Beichman is currently the Executive Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, which is the focus of exoplanet research at NASA. Dr. Beichman’s search for evidence of planetary systems is long-standing, dating back to the first detections of planetary systems with IRAS through the Spitzer Space Telescope and now looking forward to the James Webb Space Telescope. He has published many key papers on Kuiper Belt and Asteroid Belt analogs around other stars and has developed analysis tools that were essential to several breakthrough observational results.

For the past 10 years Dr. Beichman has been closely associated with and helped to formulate NASA’s program to search for planets around other stars, serving as Chair of the Science Working Group for the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) and authoring numerous articles and reports on TPF and the search for terrestrial and ultimately habitable planets. He is also involved in extensive outreach efforts that include appearances on several programs about space.

It is an honour to add Dr. Beichman’s name to the long list of distinguished past Petrie Prize recipients.

Recipients to date have been:
2017 Charles Beichman TBA
2015 Wendy Freedman Measurement of Cosmological Parameters
2013 Françoise Combes Molecular gas in galaxies across the Hubble time
2011 Andrew Fabian Within one gravitational radius of the event horizon of a black hole
2009 Scott Tremaine Stellar dynamics at the centres of galaxies
2007 Ewine van Dishoeck Spitzer observations of star- and planet-forming regions from ice cold to steaming hot
2005 Reinhard Genzel Massive Black Holes in Galaxies
2003 Sir Martin Rees How Did the Cosmic Dark Age End?
2001 James Gunn The Sloan Digital Survey
1999 Sidney van den Bergh The Local Group of Galaxies
1997 Alex Filippenko Supernovae and their Cosmological Implications
1995 George Herbig IC 349 – Barbard’s Merope Nebula
1993 Maarten Schmidt From Galactic Structure to Quasars
1991 P. B. Stetson Progress in CCD Photometry
1989 P. J. E. Peebles Tracing the Orbits of Galaxies back in Time
1987 Henry Matthews C3H2 – A New Probe of the Interstellar Medium
1985 Charles Townes The Galactic Centre
1983 M. J. Plavec Strongly Interacting Binary Stars
1981 Hubert Reeves La Physique des Premiers Temps de l’Univers
1979 Geoffrey Burbidge The Redshift Problem
1977 J. Beverly Oke Seyfert Galaxies and Quasars
1971 Jesse L. Greenstein Pre-White Dwarf Evolution
1971 C. S. Beals Forms of Impact Craters Related to the Thermal History of the Lunar Surface
1970 A. G. W. Cameron The Chemical Evolution of the Galaxy

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