Caroline Herschel


The 2020 Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship has been awarded to Dr Rebecca Smethurst, Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her Citation is  here. The criteria for the award are set out here. The Prize Lecture was delivered online on 18 November. You can see a slightly edited recording  here.

The Herschel Society, in association with the Royal Astronomical Society, established the Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship to celebrate Caroline’s memory by supporting promising female astronomers early in their careers. Caroline, William’s younger sister, started out as his assistant, but in time became recognised as an important astronomer in her own right, was the first to be paid as such, and was awarded the RAS Gold Medal in 1828.

The full list of winners, and previous winners lectures, can be seen here

The Prize Lectureship is supported by a very generous donation by Professor Fran Bagenal of the University of Colorado, pictured here with Charles Draper in July 2019