Martin Award

The Peter G. Martin Award for mid-career achievement was established in 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Peter Martin, a former President of CASCA and Professor at the University of Toronto.

The Martin Award is considered every second year, for presentation in odd-numbered years, to a mid-career astronomer in recognition of significant contributions to astronomical research. To be eligible, the nominee must be a member of CASCA in good standing, and a Canadian astronomer or an astronomer working in Canada. The nominee will normally have received his or her PhD degree between 10 and 20 years previously; allowances will be made for extended leaves of up to two years, e.g. maternity, paternity or parental leaves, medical leaves, etc. However, no individual may be nominated for both the Richer (early career) and Martin (mid-career) prizes in the same year.

The recipient shall be invited to address the Society at its Annual General Meeting. The nomination package must be submitted entirely in electronic form to the Chair of the Awards committee and should consist of:

  • A joint letter of nomination (see nomination guidelines) signed by at least two members of CASCA in good standing;
  • The CV of the nominee;
  • Three external letters of support (e.g., from international experts in the nominee’s field). No letter should exceed two pages in length.

The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Award is 31 December 2020.

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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