UCLan professor receives service award for astronomy

Professor Don Kurtz received an astronomy award

A professor from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has received an award for his lifelong commitment to public awareness and service to astronomy.


The 2022 Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Service Award for Astronomy has been awarded to Professor Don Kurtz, who from 2010 to 2020 gave over 300 public lectures, featured in a number of television programs and on the radio.

He has given public presentations on every continent except Antarctica, and has a long-standing commitment to teaching in African schools.

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Professor Kurtz observes with some of the largest telescopes in the world, has over 2000 telescope nights and over 500 professional publications.

Professor Kurtz said: “I am delighted to be recognized by the RAS for my outreach and service activities over my 55 year (so far) career.

“Due to covid restrictions I haven’t been back to Preston for 15 months, although I plan to return in April when I hope to give a public lecture organized by the University’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.”

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