| The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has awarded its prestigious George Van Biesbroeck Prize to Dr. Rick Perley of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, New Mexico. The society recognized Perley for his tireless and unrelenting career-long service to the global astronomical community. The prize will be presented at the AAS meeting in January of 2017.
Rick is an old friend with a longstanding relationship with ASTRON. Apart from bickering about the correct way to design a radio telescope, we have collaborated in fields as diverse as the radio flux scale and high dynamic range imaging. In addition, he is excellent company, and, together with his Peggy, a genial host to a wide range of visitors, including those from Dwingeloo.
The prize is named after George van Biesbroeck (1880-1974), who was born in Belgium, but spent most of his life in the US. It is awarded to scientists with unusual careers in astronomy.