Martin Award

The Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-Career Achievement by a CASCA member in good standing is bestowed upon a Canadian astronomer, or astronomer working in Canada, within ten to twenty years of receipt of his or her PhD degree, to recognize significant contributions to astronomical research. The Award was established in 2009 upon a gift by Peter G. Martin, Past-President of the Society and Professor at the University of Toronto.

The Martin Award is considered every second year, in odd-numbered years. Presentation normally occurs at the CASCA Annual General Meeting, where the recipient is invited to address the Society. The nomination package must consist of a joint letter of nomination by at least two members in good standing of CASCA, the CV of the candidate, and three external letters of support (e.g., from international experts in the nominee’s field). No letter should exceed three pages in length. No other material should be submitted. Please submit nomination packages entirely in electronic form to the Chair of the Awards committee.

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Award is 15 December 2018.

2019 Peter G. Martin Award


CASCA is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Peter G. Martin award is Dr. Bryan Gaensler of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Gaensler is the Director of the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto, and has previously served as director of CAASTRO in Australia and International Project Scientist of the Square Kilometer Array. He is a world expert on polarimetry, pulsar wind nebulae and cosmic magnetism, and has produced more than 360 publications with 16000 citations. Since his arrival to Canada in 2015, Dr. Gaensler has played a highly active role in Canadian astronomy as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, head of the Canadian SKA consortium, Director of the Canadian Initiative for Radio Astronomy Data Analysis, and co-chair of Canadian astronomy’s next Long Range Plan.

CASCA is delighted to recognise Dr. Gaensler’s scholarship with this award.

Recipients to date have been:
2017 StairsIngrid Stairs Pulsars and general relativity
2015 ferrareseLaura Ferrarese Massive Galaxies, Globular Clusters, and Everything In Between
2013 Victoria Kaspi ‘Grand Unification’ of Neutron Stars
2011 Roberto Abraham Some thoughts on galaxies and graduate students
2009 René Doyon On Infrared Instrumentation and Searching for Pale Red Dots

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