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'''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.
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'''The G. Bruce Blair Medal''' is the highest honor which the [[Western Amateur Astronomers]] (WAA) can bestow upon an individual. Named in honor of [[Dr. G. Bruce Blair]], one of the founders of WAA, 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
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.
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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==Award Recipients==
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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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*1954 - Mr. Albert G. Ingalls - ATM pioneer and author of ATM 1, 2 and 3.
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*1957         Dr. Margaret Mayall             Director  AAVSO 1949-1973.
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*1955 - Prof. Walter H. Haas - Founder of ALPO, Co-founded WAA.
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*1958         Dr. Dinsmore Alter               Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
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*1956 - Dr. Otto Struve - Leading 20th Century astronomy popularizer.
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*1959         Dr. Earle G. Linsley             Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
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*1957 - Dr. Margaret Mayall - Director  AAVSO 1949-1973.
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*1960         Mr. David Barcroft               ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
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*1958 - Dr. Dinsmore Alter - Director Griffith Obs. & Co-founder of WAA Board.
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*1961         Mr. Carl Wells                   WAA founder and well known ATM.
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*1959 - Dr. Earle G. Linsley - Director Chabot Obs. 1923-1947 & Co-founder of EAS and WAA.
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*1962         Arthur & Natalie Leonard         Active participants of Moonwatch & WAA.
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*1960 - Mr. David Barcroft - ALPO secretary 1947-1974.
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*1963         Mr. Thomas Cragg                 Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
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*1961 - Mr. Carl Wells - WAA founder and well known ATM.
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*1964         Mr. Walter Scott Houston         Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
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*1962 - Arthur & Natalie Leonard - Active participants of Moonwatch & WAA.
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*1965         Dr. Clyde Tombaugh               Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
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*1963 - Mr. Thomas Cragg - Solar, planetary, and variable star observer.
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*1966         Dr. Clarence P. Custer           Active in the WAA and famous astrophotographer.
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*1964 - Mr. Walter Scott Houston - Author of "Deep Sky Wonders."
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*1967         Dr. Leslie C. Peltier           Famous comet and variable star observer.
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*1965 - Dr. Clyde Tombaugh - Discoverer of the Planet Pluto.
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*1968         Dr. David Dunham                 Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
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*1966 - Dr. Clarence P. Custer - Active in the WAA and famous astrophotographer.
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*1969         Mr. Thomas R. Cave               Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
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*1967 - Dr. [[Leslie C. Peltier]] - Famous comet and variable star observer.
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*1970         Mr. Charles F. Capen             Expert observer, especially of Mars.
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*1968 - Dr. David Dunham - Long-time coordinator of grazing occultation observations.
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*1971         Mr. George A. Carroll           West coast builder of large telescopes.
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*1969 - Mr. Thomas R. Cave - Telescope Manufacturer and Mars observer.
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*1972         Mr. Clinton Ford                 Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
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*1970 - Mr. Charles F. Capen - Expert observer, especially of Mars.
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*1973         Mr. Raymond Coutchie             Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
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*1971 - Mr. George A. Carroll - West coast builder of large telescopes.
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*1974         Mr. John Dobson                 Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
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*1972 - Mr. Clinton Ford - Long-time Secretary of the AAVSO.
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*1975         Mr. Clifford W. Holmes           Founded the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.
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*1973 - Mr. Raymond Coutchie - Astronomical artist, astrophotographer, and author.
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*1976         Mr. Patrick Moore               Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
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*1974 - Mr. [[John Dobson]] - Popularized the "Dobsonian" telescope design.
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*1977         Mr. Frank Miller                 Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
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*1975 - Mr. [[Clifford W. Holmes]] - Founded the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference ([[RTMC Astronomy Expo]]).
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*1978         Mr. Jackson Carle               Well known Central Valley ATM.
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*1976 - Mr. Patrick Moore - Famous astronomical popularizer and author.
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*1979         Mr. Kingsley W. Wightman         Long-time teacher of Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
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*1977 - Mr. Frank Miller - Very active in AANC and WAA organizations.
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*1980         Mr. Paul Zurakowski             Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
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*1978 - Mr. Jackson Carle - Well known Central Valley ATM.
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*1981         Mr. Ashley Thomas McDermott     Professor and astronomy popularizer in southern California.
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*1979 - Mr. Kingsley W. Wightman - Long-time teacher of Astronomy at Chabot Observatory.
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*1982         Mr. Douglas Berger               Founder of Astronomy Day.
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*1980 - Mr. Paul Zurakowski - Well known ATM; Director of Chabot ATM workshop.
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*1983         Mr. John Sanford                 Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
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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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*1983 - Mr. John Sanford - Astrophotographer, teacher and author.
*1984        Mr. Chesley Bonestall            Famous astronomical artist.
*1984        Mr. Chesley Bonestall            Famous astronomical artist.
*1985        Miss Betty Neall                WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
*1985        Miss Betty Neall                WAA secretary in 50s. Astronomical organizer in northern Calif.
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*2008        Ms. Marni Berendsen              Developer/mgr. NASA/ASP Night Sky Network.Coordinator, Project ASTRO, author.
*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.
*2009        Mr. Mike Simmons                Past Pres of LAAS. Founded MWOA and AWOB. 100hrsofAstronomy Co-Chair.
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*2010        Mr. Robert K. Buchheim          Observer, Astrophotographer, Outreach Enthusiast and Author "The Sky Is Your Laboratory", a manual for the research-oriented amateur astronomer
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*2011        Mr. [[Scott W. Roberts]]        Astronomy Outreach
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*2012        Mr. Jim Benet                    [[Orange County Astronomers]] -Outreach Coordinator has reached more than 100,000 people in Southern California
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*2013        Mr. Albert J. Highe, PhD        Observer, ATM, telescope designer, speaker and member of The Astronomy Connection (TAC)
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*2014        Mr. Richard Ozer                Astronomy Outreach and Telescope Making with the [[Eastbay Astronomical Society]] at [[Chabot Space & Science Center]] in Oakland, CA
==External Links==
==External Links==
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[http://www.waa.av.org Website of the Western Amateur Astronomers]
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*[http://www.waa.av.org Website of the Western Amateur Astronomers]
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[http://www.waa.av.org/Blair_recip_99.html Recipients of the G. Bruce Blair Medal on the WAA Website]
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*[http://www.waa.av.org/Blair_recip_99.html Recipients of the G. Bruce Blair Medal on the WAA Website]
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[[Category:Awards and Recognition Programs]]

Latest revision as of 15:57, 6 October 2014

The G. Bruce Blair Medal is the highest honor which the Western Amateur Astronomers (WAA) can bestow upon an individual. Named in honor of Dr. G. Bruce Blair, one of the founders of WAA, 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.

Award Recipients

  • 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 (RTMC Astronomy Expo).
  • 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.
  • 2010 Mr. Robert K. Buchheim Observer, Astrophotographer, Outreach Enthusiast and Author "The Sky Is Your Laboratory", a manual for the research-oriented amateur astronomer
  • 2011 Mr. Scott W. Roberts Astronomy Outreach
  • 2012 Mr. Jim Benet Orange County Astronomers -Outreach Coordinator has reached more than 100,000 people in Southern California
  • 2013 Mr. Albert J. Highe, PhD Observer, ATM, telescope designer, speaker and member of The Astronomy Connection (TAC)
  • 2014 Mr. Richard Ozer Astronomy Outreach and Telescope Making with the Eastbay Astronomical Society at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA

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