It is normally awarded every two years for scientific contributions by an amateur astronomer that has served to advance astronomy. The Berenice and Arthur Page Medal is presented at the biennial National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers (NACAA) by a representative of the ASA Council. The winner now also receives free Honorary Associate membership of the ASA.
The award is specifically for scientific contributions that have served to advance astronomy. While the amateur astronomical community benefits greatly from members’ organisational services, their popularisation of astronomy and their proficiency in established astronomical techniques, these qualities are not relevant to the award’s criteria.
Winners associated with the AAQ
In April 2022 the Backyard Observatory Supernova Search (BOSS) Team, which at the time included AAQ members Brendan Downs and Pat Pearl, was awarded the Berenice and Arthur Page Medal for their work searching for, discovering, recording, and reporting new supernovae in the southern sky. The 6 friends who make up BOSS monitor distant galaxies […]
The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) awards the Berenice and Arthur Page Medal for excellence in amateur astronomy in Australia and its territories.
In 2018, Professor David Moriarty was awarded the Page Medal for work on eclipsing binary stars and its application to models of stellar evolution.
In 2016, Dr Roy Axelsen was awarded the Page Medal for high-precision photometric observations and the Fourier analysis of Delta Scuti variables.
In 2014, Tim Napier-Munn was awarded the Page Medal for work on binary stars systems and for demonstrating a deep understanding of observational techniques and processes that will progress the field.