Helen Sawyer Hogg Public Lecture

The Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize Lecture was initiated in 1985 by the Canadian Astronomical Society with the participation of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Planetarium Association of Canada, and the Royal Canadian Institute. It continues as an annual public lecture co-sponsored by Cascatrust and the RASC, given alternately at the annual meetings of both societies, in recognition of the sustained and diverse contributions of Helen Sawyer Hogg to public appreciation of the universe around us. Selection of the Lecturer is made by a committee consisting of the Presidents of CASCA and the RASC, and the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee hosting the meeting (either CASCA or RASC).

2018 Helen Sawyer Hogg Public Lecture

Emily Lakdawalla is an internationally admired science communicator and educator, passionate about advancing public understanding of space and sharing the wonder of scientific discovery.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Amherst College and a Master of Science degree in planetary geology from Brown University. She came to The Planetary Society in 2001. She has been writing and editing the Planetary Society Blog since 2005, reporting on space news, explaining planetary science, and sharing beautiful space photos. Emily has been an active supporter of the international community of space image processing enthusiasts as Administrator of the forum UnmannedSpaceflight.com since 2005. She is also a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine.

Her first book, titled The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job, is due out from Springer-Praxis in March, 2018. The book explains the development, design, and function of Curiosity with the same level of technical detail that she delivers in the Planetary Society Blog. A second book, Curiosity and Its Science Mission: A Mars Rover Goes to Work will follow in 2019.

She was awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for her blog entry about the Phoebe ring of Saturn. Asteroid 274860 was formally named “Emilylakdawalla” by the International Astronomical Union on July 12, 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from The Open University in 2017 in recognition of her contributions in communicating space science to the public.

The title of her lecture is “The Golden Age of Solar System Exploration”

Recipients to date have been:
2018 Emily Lakdawalla The Golden Age of Solar System Exploration
2017 Fiona Harrison From Spinning Black Holes to Exploding Stars: A New View of the High Energy Universe
2016 Ann Hornschemeier All the X-ray binaries in the Universe
2015 Roberto Abraham First Results from Dragonfly
2014 Laura Ferrarese The Hidden Lives of Galaxies
2013 Malcolm Longair Cosmology – its tortuous history, glorious present and bright future
2012 Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell Will the World End in 2012? The astronomical Evidence.
2011 Dimitar Sasselov The Search for a Sister Earth
2010 René Doyon First Images of Exoplanets
2009 Lawrence Krauss Life, the Universe and Nothing
2008 Phil Plait Bad Astronomy
2007 Steven Squyres Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission
2006 Alan Hildebrand Hunting for Doomsday asteroids from Earth and Space
2005 Michel Mayor Des planètes gazeuses aux planètes rocheuses: Dix ans de découvertes de planètes extrasolaires
2004 Sara Schechner Politics and the Dimensions of the Solar System: John Winthrop’s Observations of the Transits of Venus Expedition to St. John’s, June 1761
2003 Michael Shara Stellar Promiscuity and Destruction
2002 Paul Hodge Barnard’s Galaxy: Its Mysteries Revealed
2001 Jill Tarter Pulling Signals out of Noise
2000 Wendy Freedman The Age and Size of the Universe
1999 Paul Chodas The Impact Threat and Public Perception
1998 David Crampton Exploring the Frontier of the Universe with New Eyes
1997 Vera Rubin What Hubble Didn’t Know About Our Galaxy
1996 Werner Israel Black Holes
1995 David H. Levy Springtime on Jupiter – a personal perspective on Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
1994 George Efstathiou The Origin of Galaxies
1993 Margaret Geller Mapping the Universe: So Many Galaxies, So Little Time
1992 Alan R. Hildebrand The Cretaceous / Tertiary Boundary Impact (or the Dinosaurs Didn’t Have A Chance)
1991 Kimmo A. Innanen The Prediction and Discovery of a New Solar System Object: The Planetary Trojan Asteroids
1990 Joseph Veverka Exploration of the Solar System: Voyager and Beyond
1989 Roger Cayrel La construction du téléscope CFH
1988 Hubert Reeves Early Moments of the Universe
1987 René Racine Small is Beautiful: The Quest for High Resolution Imaging in Astronomy
1986 Barry Madore The Hubble Space Telescope
1985 Owen Gingerich The Mysterious Nebulae, 1610-1924

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