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Mosaic of the 11 new Honorary Members
25 August 2021
The IAU Admits 11 New Honorary Members

The IAU has admitted 11 new Honorary Members, announced during the IAU Business Sessions, held virtually from 23 to 26 August 2021. This membership category, introduced at the XXX General Assembly, held in August 2018 in Vienna, gives official recognition to individuals who have significantly contributed to the progress of astronomical research and culture in their country, but who do not qualify as Individual Members.

Such individuals may be admitted by the IAU Executive Committee after a nomination by their National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) or the President of a Division. At the triennium Business Sessions held this month, the IAU was proud to admitt the following 11 individuals as Honorary Members:

Santiago Paolantonio
Nominated by: Asociación Argentina de Astronomía
Motivation: For his dedication to discovering the history of astronomy in Argentina, and his extensive contributions to the communication of astronomy through numerous books and articles, his blog “History of Astronomy” and his collaboration with the Córdoba Astronomical Observatory Museum.

Erkan Şahmalı
Nominated by: Turkish Astronomical Society
Motivation: For his architectural contributions to astronomy in Turkey, through his innovative design of the National Observatory of Turkey (TUG) and the Eastern Anatolia Observatory (currently under construction).

Dorje Angchuk
Nominated by: Indian National Committee
Motivation: For his passionate promotion of astronomy in the Ladakh region, through his excellent astrophotography, which has been published in The New Yorker Magazine and in the 2020 December issue of AAPPS journal.

Richard Huziak
Nominated by: Canadian Astronomical Society
Motivation: For his considerable contributions as an amateur astronomer to variable star astronomy, light pollution mitigation, and fireball and meteorite science, including being the second person to see, and thus confirm the existence of, Comet P/2001 Petriew.

Govert Schilling
Nominated by: Netherlands Astronomical Council
Motivation: For his extensive activities in the popularisation of astronomy, through his books (including children’s books), numerous magazine articles and contributions to Dutch TV and radio programmes.

Zdenek Bardon
Nominated by: Czech National Committee for Astronomy
Motivation: For his contributions to the development of astronomical infrastructure through leading the automation of many observatories across the world, and for his promotion of astrophotography and amateur astronomy.

Masao Nakagiri
Nominated by: Science Council of Japan
Motivation: For his dedication throughout his engineering career to the planning, building, operating and maintenance of several facilities in Japan, including the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory (TAO), the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory and the Subaru Telescope.

George A. Danos
Nominated by: Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation
Motivation: For his passionate promotion of astronomy, including leading campaigns that saw Cyprus join ESA, the IAU and COSPAR, as well as establishing the Cyprus Space Centre and helping Cyprus be selected as an International Astronomy Education Centre of the IAU OAE.

David Anthony Luchetti
Nominated by: Australian Academy of Science
Motivation: For his advocacy for astronomy in the Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, through supporting and managing investments in optical astronomy, and driving the progress of the SKA, as its Project Director.

Bernard Christophe
Nominated by: Société Française d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique
Motivation: For his exceptional contributions as an amateur astronomer, including building his own 600-mm telescope with which he discovered 250 asteroids, and refurbishing an instrument called Miosotys, which allows detection of the passage of a trans-Neptunian object in front of a star.

Vadym Zhukov
Nominated by: National Academy of Science of Ukraine
Motivation: For his strong technical and financial support for astronomical projects, including the development, restoration and improvement of astronomical instruments and observatories, and the provision of research grants for astronomy students.

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The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.


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