Science shines at awards

Four scientists were honoured on Thursday at an awards ceremony that also recognised one of New Zealand’s historic science stars. 

Beatrice Hill Tinsley, Wikipedia CC.

The New Zealand Association of Scientists held its awards ceremony in Wellington on Thursday night, recognising long-term fundamental science with significant value for New Zealand.

The awards this year included the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, renamed after the New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist (pictured) who made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the lifecycle of galaxies.

Hill Tinsley passed away aged just 40. NZAS president Craig Stevens said he was honoured to award the first Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, replacing the Association’s Research Medal for early career researchers.

“Her family have agreed to lend Tinsley Hill’s name to the medal in recognition of her achievements during a tragically short, but literally stellar, career on the international science stage,” Stevens said.

The medal winners were:

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble – Marsden Medal, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service.

Professor Antony Braithwaite – Shorland Medal, awarded in recognition of major and continued contribution to research.

Associate Professor Guy Jameson – Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, for outstanding fundamental or applied research within 15 years of a PhD.

Professor Emerita Jean Fleming – Science Communicator Medal, for excellence in communicating science to the general public.

See the full details of the awards.