Rittenhouse Medal


The Rittenhouse Medal is awarded by the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society for outstanding achievement in the science of Astronomy.[1] The medal was one of those originally minted to commemorate the Bi-Centenary of the birth of David Rittenhouse on April 8, 1932. In 1952 the Society decided to establish a silver medal to be awarded to astronomers for noteworthy achievement in astronomical science. The silver medal is cast from the die (obverse) used for the Bi-Centennial Rittenhouse Medal.

Year Recipient Affiliation
Certificate Medal
1933 Frank Schlesinger Director Yale Observatory
1934 Robert G. Aitken Director Lick Observatory
1935 Harlow Shapley Mount Wilson Observatory
1936 Robert McMath Director McMath-Hulbert Observatory
1937 Armin O. Leuschner Berkley Astronomical Department
1938 Knut Lundmark Professor of Astronomy, University of Lund, Sweden
1940 Gustavus Wynne Cook Director Cook Observatory
1940 John A. Miller Director Emeritus, Sproul Observatory
1943 Forest Ray Moulton Secretary, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1943 Samuel Fels Philanthropist and Donor of Fels Planetarium
Silver Medal
1952 Gerard P. Kuiper Director Yerkes Observatory
1953 Harlow Shapley Director Harvard Observatory
1954 Otto Struve President International Astronomical Union
1955 Harold Spencer Jones Astronomer Royal of England
1958 Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Director Princeton University Observatory
1959 Bengt Stromgren Professor; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
1960 Fred Hoyle Plumian Professor of Astronomy, Cambridge University
1961 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Professor Harvard University
1965 Peter Van De Kamp Director Sproul Observatory, Swarthmore College
1966 Martin Schwarzschild Professor; Princeton University
1967 Helen Sawyer Hogg Harvard Observatory
1968 Allan Sandage
1980 Carl Sagan
1988 Carolyn Shoemaker, Eugene Shoemaker
1990 Clyde Tombaugh

See also



  1. ^ "Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Medal recipients". Archived from the original on 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2014-11-18.