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Royal Astronomical Society picks its stars

Image: Hubble Heritage [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

Professors at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge have been named as the recipients of the Royal Astronomical Society’s gold medal, its most prestigious award.

The RAS awards two gold medals a year, one in astronomy and one in geophysics, to recognise lifetime achievement. Previous recipients include Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

John Barrow, professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Cambridge, won the astronomy gold medal and Philip England, chair of geology at the University of Oxford, won the gold medal for geophysics.

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