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Western Amateur Astronomers. All nominees are held in confidence until this award is accepted.
Western Amateur Astronomers. All nominees are held in confidence until this award is accepted.
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*1954        Mr. Albert G. Ingalls            ATM pioneer and author of ATM 1, 2 and 3.
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*1954        Mr. Albert G. Ingalls            ATM pioneer and author of ATM 1, 2 and 3.
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*1955        Prof. Walter H. Haas            Founder of ALPO, Co-founded WAA.
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*1955        Prof. Walter H. Haas            Founder of ALPO, Co-founded WAA.
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*1956        Dr. Otto Struve                  Leading 20th Century astronomy popularizer.
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*1956        Dr. Otto Struve                  Leading 20th Century astronomy popularizer.
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*1957        Dr. Margaret Mayall              Director  AAVSO 1949-1973.
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*1957        Dr. Margaret Mayall              Director  AAVSO 1949-1973.
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*1958        Dr. Dinsmore Alter              Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
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*1958        Dr. Dinsmore Alter              Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
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*1959        Dr. Earle G. Linsley            Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
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*1959        Dr. Earle G. Linsley            Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
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*1960        Mr. David Barcroft              ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
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*1960        Mr. David Barcroft              ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
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*1961        Mr. Carl Wells                  WAA founder and well known ATM.
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*1961        Mr. Carl Wells                  WAA founder and well known ATM.
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*1962        Arthur & Natalie Leonard        Active participants of Moonwatch & WAA.
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*1962        Arthur & Natalie Leonard        Active participants of Moonwatch & WAA.
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*1963        Mr. Thomas Cragg                Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
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*1963        Mr. Thomas Cragg                Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
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*1964        Mr. Walter Scott Houston        Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
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*1964        Mr. Walter Scott Houston        Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
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*1965        Dr. Clyde Tombaugh              Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
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*1965        Dr. Clyde Tombaugh              Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
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*1966        Dr. Clarence P. Custer          Active in the WAA and famous astrophotographer.
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*1966        Dr. Clarence P. Custer          Active in the WAA and famous astrophotographer.
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*1967        Dr. Leslie C. Peltier            Famous comet and variable star observer.
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*1967        Dr. Leslie C. Peltier            Famous comet and variable star observer.
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*1968        Dr. David Dunham                Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
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*1968        Dr. David Dunham                Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
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*1969        Mr. Thomas R. Cave              Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
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*1969        Mr. Thomas R. Cave              Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
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*1970        Mr. Charles F. Capen            Expert observer, especially of Mars.
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*1970        Mr. Charles F. Capen            Expert observer, especially of Mars.
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*1971        Mr. George A. Carroll            West coast builder of large telescopes.
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*1971        Mr. George A. Carroll            West coast builder of large telescopes.
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*1972        Mr. Clinton Ford                Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
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*1972        Mr. Clinton Ford                Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
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*1973        Mr. Raymond Coutchie            Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
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*1973        Mr. Raymond Coutchie            Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
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*1974        Mr. John Dobson                  Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
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*1974        Mr. John Dobson                  Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
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*1975        Mr. Clifford W. Holmes          Founded the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.
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*1975        Mr. Clifford W. Holmes          Founded the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.
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*1976        Mr. Patrick Moore                Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
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*1976        Mr. Patrick Moore                Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
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*1977        Mr. Frank Miller                Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
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*1977        Mr. Frank Miller                Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
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*1978        Mr. Jackson Carle                Well known Central Valley ATM.
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*1978        Mr. Jackson Carle                Well known Central Valley ATM.
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*1979        Mr. Kingsley W. Wightman        Long-time teacher of Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
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*1979        Mr. Kingsley W. Wightman        Long-time teacher of Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
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*1980        Mr. Paul Zurakowski              Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
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*1980        Mr. Paul Zurakowski              Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
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*1981        Mr. Ashley Thomas McDermott      Professor and astronomy popularizer in southern California.
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*1981        Mr. Ashley Thomas McDermott      Professor and astronomy popularizer in southern California.
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*1982        Mr. Douglas Berger              Founder of Astronomy Day.
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*1982        Mr. Douglas Berger              Founder of Astronomy Day.
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*1983        Mr. John Sanford                Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
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*1983        Mr. John Sanford                Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
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*1984        Mr. Chesley Bonestall            Famous astronomical artist.
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*1984        Mr. Chesley Bonestall            Famous astronomical artist.
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*1985        Miss Betty Neall                WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
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*1985        Miss Betty Neall                WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
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*1986        Mr. Ben Mayer                    Famous west coast astrophotographer.
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*1986        Mr. Ben Mayer                    Famous west coast astrophotographer.
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*1987        Mr. Jack Borde                  Long time ATM, and a participant in WAA, MDAS and Moonwatch.
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*1987        Mr. Jack Borde                  Long time ATM, and a participant in WAA, MDAS and Moonwatch.
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*1988        Mr. Stephen J. Edberg            Famous international amateur astronomer.
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*1988        Mr. Stephen J. Edberg            Famous international amateur astronomer.
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*1989        Dr. Harold F. Weaver            ASP patron and long-time supporter of amateur astronomy.
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*1989        Dr. Harold F. Weaver            ASP patron and long-time supporter of amateur astronomy.
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*1990        Mr. David H. Levy                Teacher of young people, author and comet discoverer.
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*1990        Mr. David H. Levy                Teacher of young people, author and comet discoverer.
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*1991        Dr. John Westfall                ALPO director & coordinator of Prof.-Amateur research projects.
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*1991        Dr. John Westfall                ALPO director & coordinator of Prof.-Amateur research projects.
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*1992        Mr. Kevin Medlock                Builder of large amateur telescopes.
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*1992        Mr. Kevin Medlock                Builder of large amateur telescopes.
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*1993        Mr. Tom Johnson                  Founder of Celestron, popularizer of the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
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*1993        Mr. Tom Johnson                  Founder of Celestron, popularizer of the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
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*1994                (none)                                            (none)
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*1994                (none)                                            (none)
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*1995        Mr. Don Machholz                Observer & popularizer of comets.
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*1995        Mr. Don Machholz                Observer & popularizer of comets.
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*1996        Dr. Ed Krupp                    Director of Griffith Observatory and book author.
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*1996        Dr. Ed Krupp                    Director of Griffith Observatory and book author.
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*1997        Mr. Robert Stevens              Educator,  Secretary and Treasurer to RTMC.
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*1997        Mr. Robert Stevens              Educator,  Secretary and Treasurer to RTMC.
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*1998        Mr. Richard Berry                Promoter of CCD astrometry, author of CCD Cookbook.
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*1998        Mr. Richard Berry                Promoter of CCD astrometry, author of CCD Cookbook.
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*1999        Mrs. Denni Frerichs Medlock      Past Secretary of WAA; Co-coordinator of Group 70.
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*1999        Mrs. Denni Frerichs Medlock      Past Secretary of WAA; Co-coordinator of Group 70.
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*2000        Dr. Joel W. Goodman, PH.D.      Bay area amateur, speaker, Docent MDOA, ALPO Saturn Recorder.
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*2000        Dr. Joel W. Goodman, PH.D.      Bay area amateur, speaker, Docent MDOA, ALPO Saturn Recorder.
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*2001        Monsignor Ron Royer              Astrophotographer, early developer of tri-color photo process.
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*2001        Monsignor Ron Royer              Astrophotographer, early developer of tri-color photo process.
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*2002        Dr. Mike D. Reynolds            Director of Chabot Space Science Center. Active amateur and supporter.
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*2002        Dr. Mike D. Reynolds            Director of Chabot Space Science Center. Active amateur and supporter.
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*2003        Mr. F. Jack Eastman              Well known ATM, member of LAAS, DAS, advisor at Chamberlin Obsy.
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*2003        Mr. F. Jack Eastman              Well known ATM, member of LAAS, DAS, advisor at Chamberlin Obsy.
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*2004        Mrs. Jane Houston Jones          Past Pres. of AANC, writer, Cassini Senior Outreach Spec.at JPL
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*2004        Mrs. Jane Houston Jones          Past Pres. of AANC, writer, Cassini Senior Outreach Spec.at JPL
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*2005        Dr. David L. Crawford            Teacher, speaker, co-founder of IDA, promoter of sensible night lighting.
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*2005        Dr. David L. Crawford            Teacher, speaker, co-founder of IDA, promoter of sensible night lighting.
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*2006        John Christopher "Chris" Butler  Artist, speaker. director of program exhibits Griffith Observatory.
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*2006        John Christopher "Chris" Butler  Artist, speaker. director of program exhibits Griffith Observatory.
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*2007        Mr. Carter Roberts              Bay area amateur, CSSC and RTMC board member, Long time Pres. EAS.
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*2007        Mr. Carter Roberts              Bay area amateur, CSSC and RTMC board member, Long time Pres. EAS.
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*2008        Ms. Marni Berendsen              Developer/mgr. NASA/ASP Night Sky Network.Coordinator, Project ASTRO, author.
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*2008        Ms. Marni Berendsen              Developer/mgr. NASA/ASP Night Sky Network.Coordinator, Project ASTRO, author.
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*2009        Mr. Mike Simmons                Past Pres of LAAS. Founded MWOA and AWOB. 100hrsofAstronomy Co-Chair.
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*2009        Mr. Mike Simmons                Past Pres of LAAS. Founded MWOA and AWOB. 100hrsofAstronomy Co-Chair.
==External Links==
==External Links==
[http://www.waa.av.org Website of the Western Amateur Astronomers]
[http://www.waa.av.org Website of the Western Amateur Astronomers]

Revision as of 04:07, 28 April 2011

The G. Bruce Blair Medal is the highest honor which the Western Amateur Astronomers (WAA) can bestow upon an individual. It is the "Nobel Prize" of amateur astronomy and is awarded to a living professional or amateur astronomer who has made an important contribution to amateur astronomy.

Candidates are voted on by secret ballot eliminating the lowest candidates until one candidate and an alternate candidate are selected at the Winter Board Meeting of the Western Amateur Astronomers. All nominees are held in confidence until this award is accepted.

  • 1954 Mr. Albert G. Ingalls ATM pioneer and author of ATM 1, 2 and 3.
  • 1955 Prof. Walter H. Haas Founder of ALPO, Co-founded WAA.
  • 1956 Dr. Otto Struve Leading 20th Century astronomy popularizer.
  • 1957 Dr. Margaret Mayall Director AAVSO 1949-1973.
  • 1958 Dr. Dinsmore Alter Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
  • 1959 Dr. Earle G. Linsley Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
  • 1960 Mr. David Barcroft ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
  • 1961 Mr. Carl Wells WAA founder and well known ATM.
  • 1962 Arthur & Natalie Leonard Active participants of Moonwatch & WAA.
  • 1963 Mr. Thomas Cragg Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
  • 1964 Mr. Walter Scott Houston Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
  • 1965 Dr. Clyde Tombaugh Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
  • 1966 Dr. Clarence P. Custer Active in the WAA and famous astrophotographer.
  • 1967 Dr. Leslie C. Peltier Famous comet and variable star observer.
  • 1968 Dr. David Dunham Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
  • 1969 Mr. Thomas R. Cave Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
  • 1970 Mr. Charles F. Capen Expert observer, especially of Mars.
  • 1971 Mr. George A. Carroll West coast builder of large telescopes.
  • 1972 Mr. Clinton Ford Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
  • 1973 Mr. Raymond Coutchie Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
  • 1974 Mr. John Dobson Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
  • 1975 Mr. Clifford W. Holmes Founded the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.
  • 1976 Mr. Patrick Moore Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
  • 1977 Mr. Frank Miller Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
  • 1978 Mr. Jackson Carle Well known Central Valley ATM.
  • 1979 Mr. Kingsley W. Wightman Long-time teacher of Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
  • 1980 Mr. Paul Zurakowski Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
  • 1981 Mr. Ashley Thomas McDermott Professor and astronomy popularizer in southern California.
  • 1982 Mr. Douglas Berger Founder of Astronomy Day.
  • 1983 Mr. John Sanford Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
  • 1984 Mr. Chesley Bonestall Famous astronomical artist.
  • 1985 Miss Betty Neall WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
  • 1986 Mr. Ben Mayer Famous west coast astrophotographer.
  • 1987 Mr. Jack Borde Long time ATM, and a participant in WAA, MDAS and Moonwatch.
  • 1988 Mr. Stephen J. Edberg Famous international amateur astronomer.
  • 1989 Dr. Harold F. Weaver ASP patron and long-time supporter of amateur astronomy.
  • 1990 Mr. David H. Levy Teacher of young people, author and comet discoverer.
  • 1991 Dr. John Westfall ALPO director & coordinator of Prof.-Amateur research projects.
  • 1992 Mr. Kevin Medlock Builder of large amateur telescopes.
  • 1993 Mr. Tom Johnson Founder of Celestron, popularizer of the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
  • 1994 (none) (none)
  • 1995 Mr. Don Machholz Observer & popularizer of comets.
  • 1996 Dr. Ed Krupp Director of Griffith Observatory and book author.
  • 1997 Mr. Robert Stevens Educator, Secretary and Treasurer to RTMC.
  • 1998 Mr. Richard Berry Promoter of CCD astrometry, author of CCD Cookbook.
  • 1999 Mrs. Denni Frerichs Medlock Past Secretary of WAA; Co-coordinator of Group 70.
  • 2000 Dr. Joel W. Goodman, PH.D. Bay area amateur, speaker, Docent MDOA, ALPO Saturn Recorder.
  • 2001 Monsignor Ron Royer Astrophotographer, early developer of tri-color photo process.
  • 2002 Dr. Mike D. Reynolds Director of Chabot Space Science Center. Active amateur and supporter.
  • 2003 Mr. F. Jack Eastman Well known ATM, member of LAAS, DAS, advisor at Chamberlin Obsy.
  • 2004 Mrs. Jane Houston Jones Past Pres. of AANC, writer, Cassini Senior Outreach Spec.at JPL
  • 2005 Dr. David L. Crawford Teacher, speaker, co-founder of IDA, promoter of sensible night lighting.
  • 2006 John Christopher "Chris" Butler Artist, speaker. director of program exhibits Griffith Observatory.
  • 2007 Mr. Carter Roberts Bay area amateur, CSSC and RTMC board member, Long time Pres. EAS.
  • 2008 Ms. Marni Berendsen Developer/mgr. NASA/ASP Night Sky Network.Coordinator, Project ASTRO, author.
  • 2009 Mr. Mike Simmons Past Pres of LAAS. Founded MWOA and AWOB. 100hrsofAstronomy Co-Chair.

External Links

Website of the Western Amateur Astronomers

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