Tycho Brahe Prize

The Tycho Brahe Prize is awarded in recognition of the development or exploitation of European instruments or major discoveries based largely on such instruments.

2015

The 2015 Tycho Brahe Prize is awarded to

the Swiss astrophysicist

Prof. Michel Mayor

in recognition of the development of instrumentation, which led to his discovery of the first extra-solar planet orbiting a solar-type star and to his leading role in this domain during the last twenty years.


2014

The 2014 Tycho Brahe Prize is awarded to

the French astrophysicist

Prof. Antoine Labeyrie

in recognition of his innovative concepts and inventions now widely used in modern optical imaging at high angular resolution.


2013

The 2013 Tycho Brahe Prize is awarded to

the Italian astrophysicist

Prof. Massimo Tarenghi

in recognition of his central role in the development of the European Southern Observatory facilities that have resulted in Europe's world-leading role in ground-based astronomy.


2012

The 2012 Tycho Brahe Prize is awarded to

the German astrophysicist

Prof. Reinhard Genzel

in recognition of his outstanding contributions to European near-infrared astronomy, through the development of sophisticated instrumentation, and for ground-breaking work in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy leading to the best evidence to date for the existence of black holes.


2011

The 2011 Tycho Brahe Prize is awarded to

the British astrophysicist

Prof. Michael Perryman

for his crucial role in the fostering of high precision, global stellar astrometry from space, in particular the development of the Hipparcos mission.


2010

The winner of the 2010 Tycho Brahe Prize is

the British optical engineer

Dr. Raymond Wilson


2009

The winner of the 2009 Tycho Brahe Prize is

the French astrophysicist

Prof. Françoise Combes


2008

The first winner of the 2008 Tycho Brahe Prize is

the Swedish astrophysicist

Prof. Dr. Göran Scharmer


Statutes

Preamble
In 2007, the EAS has created the Tycho Brahe Prize — to be awarded annually — in recognition of the development or exploitation of European instruments, or major discoveries based largely on such instruments.
Award
The prize carries a monetary reward of € 6000.–. The award ceremony takes place during the annual EAS meeting. The winner of the prize is invited to present a talk at one of the plenary sessions. The prize lecture may be published in The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review.
Nomination
There are no restrictions to nationality of the candidates nor to the country of origin or residence. Nominations should arrive at the EAS Secretariat by 31st October of the year preceding the award. Nominations can be made by EAS members.
Selection procedure
EAS Council appoints a Prize Award Committee. This committee consists of a Chair and about 5–7 members. The Chair has qualifying vote. The Award Committee forwards its selection to EAS Council for ratification.
Funding
The Tycho Brahe Prize is funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, a German foundation, which was established by the physicist Klaus Tschira in 1995 as a non-profit organization. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung promotes the advancement of the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, and wants to raise appreciation for these fields.