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Jansky Lectureship

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The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of the man who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source. Karl Jansky's discovery of radio waves from the central region of our Milky Way Galaxy started the science of radio astronomy.

The recipient of this award will present the annual Karl G. Jansky Lecture in Charlottesville, Virginia and in Socorro, New Mexico. The public lecture will be astronomical in nature. Professional astronomical symposia in NRAO facilities will be conducted prior to the evening lectures.

More detailed information about the nomination process can be found by viewing the Jansky Lectureship Charter.

Recipients of the Jansky Lectureship

The recipients of the Karl G. Jansky Lectureship, their award year, institutional affiliations, and lecture titles, are listed below.

YearLecturer

2017

Dr. Bernard Fanaroff

Square Kilometer Array South Africa
Observing the Universe from Africa: Linking Radio Astronomy and Development

2016

Prof. Jacqueline van Gorkom

Columbia University
Gas and Galaxy Evolution
2015

Dr. Nick Scoville

California Institute of Technology
Star and Planet Formation through Cosmic Time
2014

Dr. Jill Tarter

Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute and former Director of the Center for SETI Research
2013

Dr. Charles L. Bennett

Alumni Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a Johns Hopkins University Gilman Scholar
2012

Dr. Mark Reid

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Measuring the Cosmos
2011

Dr. Sander Weinreb

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology
Radio Astronomy from Jansky to the Future: an Engineer’s Point of View
2010

Prof. Reinhard Genzel

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
2009

Dr. Anthony Readhead

California Institute of Technology
The Central Engines that Power Active Galaxies
2008

Dr. Arthur M. Wolfe

University of California, San Diego
Finding the Gas that Makes Galaxies
2007

Dr. Karl M. Menten

Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Tuning in to the Molecular Universe
2006

Dr. Frank J. Low

Infrared Laboratories, Inc.
How the Spitzer Space Telescope was Designed, Tested and Built
2005

Dr. Rashid A. Sunyaev

Director, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany
Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, Clusters of Galaxies and Cosmology
2004

Dr. Ronald D. Ekers

Australia Telescope National Facility
Paths to Discovery
2003

Dr. Donald C. Backer

Radio Astronomy Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley
Massive Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Pulsars
2002

Dr. Shrinivas (Shri) Kulkarni

California Institute of Technology
The Brightest Explosions in the Universe
2001

Dr. William J. (Jack) Welch

University of California at Berkeley
Astronomical Arrays of the Future; Astronomy, SETI, and More
2000

Dr. V. Radhakrishnan

Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India
Astronomy's Devices
1999

Dr. Frank D. Drake

SETI Institute and University of California, Santa Cruz
Progress in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
1998

Dr. Bernard Burke

William A. M. Burden Professor of Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Radio Telescopes: Reaching for the Astronomical Frontiers
1997

Dr. P. James E. Peebles

Princeton University
The Big Bang and Our Evolving Universe
1996

Dr. James M. Moran

Harvard University and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Brilliant Masers and Mysterious Black Holes
1995

Dr. Jocelyn Bell-Burnell

Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Tick, Tick, Tick, Pulsating Star, How We Wonder What You Are
1994

Dr. Vera C. Rubin

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
What's the Matter in the Universe
1993

Dr. David S. Heeschen

Former Director, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
The Development of Radio Astronomy in the United States
1992

Dr. Irwin I. Shapiro

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Reckoning the Size of the Universe Through Gravitational Lenses
1991

Dr. Allan R. Sandage

The Observatories of Carnegie Institution
The Quest for the Curvature of Space
1990

Prof. Alan H. Barrett

Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (Emeritus)
Molecular Radio Astronomy: The Beginnings
1989

Prof. Joseph H. Taylor

Dept. of Physics, Princeton University (Nobel Prize 1993)
Time and the Nature of the Universe
1988

Prof. William A. Fowler

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
California Institute of Technology (Nobel Prize 1983) 
The Age of the Observable Universe
1987

Prof. Hendrik van de Hulst

University of Leiden, The Netherlands
Far from the Stars
1986

Prof. Robert Hanbury Brown

Department of Physics, University of Sydney
Stars, Photons, and Uncommon Sense
1985

Prof. G. R. Burbidge

University of California, San Diego
How Strange the Violent Universe?
1984

Dr. Robert W. Wilson

Head, Radio Physics Research Department, Bell Laboratories (Nobel Prize 1978)
Millimeter Wave Astronomy
1983

Dr. Arno Penzias

Vice President, Research, Bell Laboratories (Nobel Prize 1978)
The Astronomical Origin of the Earth's Materials
1982

Prof. Philip Morrison

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The New Waves: Fifty Years of Radio Astronomy
1981

Prof. Martin Rees

Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, and Director, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, England
The Next Hundred Billion Years
1980

Dr. Martin Schwarzschild

Princeton University
What Shape Galaxies, Pancakes or Potatoes?
1979

Dr. Maarten Schmidt

Director, Hale Observatories
Quasars as Probes of the Early Universe
1978

Prof. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago (Nobel Prize 1983)
General Relativity in Astronomy at Einstein's Centennial
1977

Prof. E. Margaret Burbidge

University of California, San Diego
Galaxies, Quasars, and the Space Telescope
1976

Prof. Edward M. Purcell

Harvard University (Nobel Prize 1952)
A Story of Spinning Particles
1975

Dr. Grote Reber

CSIRO, Tasmania, Australia
Beginning of Radio Astronomy
1974

Dr. Lyman Spitzer, Jr.

Chairman, Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences; Director, Princeton University Observatory
A Space Astronomer Looks at the Interstellar Medium
1973

Dr. J. Paul Wild

Chief, Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia
Exploring the Sun with Radio Waves
1972

Prof. Bart J. Bok

Steward Observatory
Star Birth in the Galaxy
1971

Prof. Charles H. Townes

Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley (Nobel Prize 1964)
Exploring for the Creation
1970

Prof. Robert H. Dicke

Physics Department, Princeton University
Gravitation and the Universe
1969

Prof. Fred Hoyle

Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, University of Cambridge, England
The Relationship of Astronomy and Physics
1968

Prof. J. S. Shklovsky

Head, Radio Astronomy Department, Sternberg Astronomical Institute, USSR
On the Variability of Cosmic Radio Source Emission
1967

Prof. J. H. Oort

Director, Leiden Observatory
Large-scale Distribution and Motion of Hydrogen in the Galaxy
1966

Mr. John G. Bolton

Director, Australian National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Radio Astronomy: Steppingstones to Quasars