Honours and Awards

PATRICK MOORE MEDAL

The Patrick Moore medal was created in 1995 from a donation by long time Fellow of the BIS, Sir Patrick Moore, to recognize outstanding contributions to the Society.

  • 19 December 1995 – Leslie R. Shepherd
  • 1 June 1996 – Eric M. Waine
  • 10 August 1996 – Leonard J. Carter & Gerald V. Groves
  • 21 May 1997 – Lee D. Saegessar
  • 2 July 1997 – H.H. Koelle
  • 9 December 1998 – Anthony R. Martin & Alan Bond
  • 5 December 2001 – Yvonne Cooper
  • 10 December 2003 – Neville Kidger
  • 8 September 2007 – Peter Mata
  • 19 January 2011 – Mark Stewart & Alex Stewart

GOLD MEDALS

The Gold Medal was introduced in famous achievements in Space. The design on the obverse – originally suggested as a badge for the Society – was prepared by Mr R. Turner. The Gold Medal was to be awarded to persons who have headed astronautical teams over a period of years, and was intended to recognize the achievement of the individual and the team of which they led.

  • 1961 - Major Yurii Gagarin
  • 1961 – Wernher von Braun
  • 1964 – Valentina Tereschkova
  • 1970 – Michael Collins
  • Edwin E. Aldrin Jr
  • Neil A. Armstrong
  • 1992 - Leonard J. Carter

SILVER AWARDS

Silver Awards were also introduced in 1961, intended to commemorate special feats. These would not normally be medals, but would take some form appropriate to the achievement they honoured – generally in the form of a small model or plaque.

  • 1961 – NASA Mercury Programme
  • 1965 – JPL Ranger 7
  • 1966 – USSR Academy of Sciences Luna 9
  • 1968 – USSR Academy of Sciences Venus 4
  • 1969 – NASA Apollo 8
  • 1979 – NASA Apollo 11
  • 1973 – NASA Apollo Programme

HONORARY FELLOWSHIPS

Honorary Fellowship was introduced in 1945 as the highest honour that the BIS could award, made to those who had contributed to the development of astronautics and to support for the BIS. Total number of Honorary Fellows was to be limited to no more than 10 individuals.

  • 1949 – Hermann Oberth
  • 1949 – Eugen Sänger
  • 1949 – Ing. Guido von Pirquet
  • 1949 – M. Robert Esnault-Pelterie
  • 1949 – Philip E. Cleator
  • 1949 – Dr. Wernher von Braun
  • 1962 – Dr. Leslie R. Shepherd
  • 1962 – Arthur Valentine Cleaver
  • 1962 – Dr. Hugh L. Dryden
  • 1967 – Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1969 – Dr. George E. Mueller
  • 1969 – Dr. William H. Pickering
  • 1970 – Dr. Charles Stark Draper

BIS UK-BORN ASTRONAUT SILVER PIN AWARD

Introduced in 2009, this BIS silver pin award recognises the achievement of UK- born individuals who have undertaken a spaceflight into full Earth orbit. The list includes those astronauts born in the UK, plus others having dual UK citizenship. In order of the actual award ceremony date, the current list is:

  • Dr. Helen Sharman (Soyuz TM-12/TM11, 1991). Award made 3rd November 2009
  • Richard Garriott de Cayeux ( Soyuz TMA-13/TMA-12, 2008). Award made 3rd November 2009
  • Dr. Piers Sellers (STS-112, 2002) (STS-121,2006) (STS-132, 2010) .Award made 8th December 2010
  • Dr. Nicholas Patrick (STS-116,2006) (STS-130, 2010). Award made 21st November 2011
  • Dr. Michael Foale  (STS-45, 1992) (STS-56, 1993)(STS-63, 1995) (STS-84/ Mir24/STS-86, 1997) (STS-103, 1999) (TMA-3/ISS Expedition 8,2003).  Award still to be made.
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