Caroline Herschel


The Herschel Society, in association with the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), has established the Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship to celebrate Caroline’s memory by supporting promising female astronomers early in their careers. Caroline, William’s younger sister, started out as his assistant, but in time became recognised as an important astronomer in her own right, was the first to be paid as such, and was awarded the RAS Gold Medal in 1828.

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Applications are sought for the 2020 Prize Lectureship. Application submissions for 2020 are due by 30 April 2020.

The award will be based on individual applications assessed by a small expert committee under the auspices of both Societies. The Application Form, which includes details on the award itself, and eligibility, is available in two formats: Microsoft Word (.docx), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Details of the first two awards in 2018 and 2019 can be seen below including the videos from the University of Bath of the lectures given.

The Prize Lectureship is supported by a very generous donation by Professor Fran Bagenal of the University of Colarado, pictured here with Charles Draper in July 2019,

Dr Anna Lisa Varri, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy and School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh.

Dr Anna Lisa Varri presented “Small stellar systems, big astrophysical questions” at the University of Bath on 26th November 2019.