Leslie C. Peltier Award

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The Leslie C. Peltier Award as presented to Derald Nye

The Leslie C. Peltier Award is presented each year at the Annual Astronomical League Convention (ALCON) and is sponsored by Explore Scientific. Created in 1980, the award is named after Leslie C. Peltier, an amateur astronomer from Ohio who Harlow Shapley, one of the League's founders, referred to as "the world's greatest nonprofessional astronomer".

Born January 2, 1900, Peltier discovered twelve new comets and four novae. But his real contribution was the over 132,000 variable star observations he made in his sixty-two year observing career. He also wrote many articles on astronomy and penned four books. He died in 1980. It is in his memory, and to celebrate his life-long love of the heavens, that the Astronomical League presents the Leslie C. Peltier Award.



The League shall present an annual Leslie C. Peltier Award to an amateur astronomer who contributed to astronomy observations of lasting significance.

Procedure for Nomination

1. A three (3) person Peltier Award Committee shall be established, which shall execute the nomination and selection process, and shall be responsible for the design and sponsorship of the representative plaque.

2. Nominations shall be sent to the committee chair, who will forward the name(s) to the committee members for their selection by simple majority vote. The committee chair shall maintain a permanent list of nominees not selected, for consideration in future years.

3. Dates for the implementation of this process shall be set by the committee. The award shall be presented at the banquet of the annual convention or, if none is held, at the largest gathering of League members at the convention.

List of Recipients

  • 1980 Leslie C. Peltier Posthumous - Variable Stars
  • 1981 Ed Halbach - Variable Stars
  • 1982 Walter Haas - Planetary Astronomy
  • 1983 Clinton Ford - Variable Stars
  • 1984 Walter Scott Houston - Variable Stars - overall contr.
  • 1985 Rev. Robert Evans - Supernova Discoveries
  • 1986 Russell Genet - Photoelectric Photometry
  • 1987 No Award Given
  • 1988 David H. Levy - Overall Contributions to Observing
  • 1989 Peter Collins - Nova Discovery
  • 1990 No Award Given
  • 1991 Tommy Cragg - Variable Stars
  • 1992 Don Parker - CCD Work - Planetary Astronomy
  • 1993 Janet Mattei - Variable Stars
  • 1994 No Award Given
  • 1995 Ron Parmentier - Overall Contributions to Observing
  • 1996 Ed Oravec - Variable Stars
  • 1997 Dennis di Cicco - Overall Contributions to Observing
  • 1998 Roger Sinnott - Overall Contributions to Observing
  • 1999 Bill Albrecht - Variable Stars
  • 2000 Charles Scovil - Variable Stars
  • 2001 Richard Berry - Overall Contributions - CCD
  • 2002 Gene Hanson - Variable Stars
  • 2003 Paul Comba - Minor Planets
  • 2004 Wayne Johnson - Extra-Galactic Supernovae
  • 2005 Edward Grafton - CCD Planetary Astronomy
  • 2006 Elizabeth Waagen - Variable Stars
  • 2007 Daniel M. Troiani - Planetary Astronomy
  • 2008 Richard G. Hodgson - Minor Planets
  • 2009 Gerhard Samolyk - Variable Stars
  • 2010 Derald D. Nye - Overall Contributions to Observing
  • 2011 Arnie Henden - Variable Stars
  • 2012 Mike Simonsen - Variable Stars
  • 2013 John E. Bortle - Overall Contributions to Astronomy
  • 2014 Jim Fox - Overall Contributions to Astronomy

External Links

The Astronomical League's Leslie C. Peltier Award Page

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