The American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, has established a new accolade, Fellow of the AAS, to honor members for extraordinary achievement and service. AAS Fellows will be recognized for original research and publication, innovative contributions to astronomical techniques or instrumentation, significant contributions to education and public outreach, and noteworthy service to astronomy and to the Society itself.
Continue to the full press release from the AAS.
Professors Vicky Kalogera and Fred Rasio were named among the initial set of “legacy fellows”. Beginning in 2020, there will be an annual call and selection process for AAS Fellows. At any given point, members honored with this distinction will not exceed 0.5% of the number of current full members of the AAS.
View the complete list of fellows.