The International School of Astrophysics Daniel Chalonge has awarded the Daniel Chalonge Medal 2013 to Professor Gerard F. Gilmore from the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge UK and Fellow of the Royal Society, for his relevant results in the study of our galaxy and dwarf galaxies with great scientific impact on the nature of dark matter, a major subject at the center of the Chalonge School programmes. His successful effort in promoting and leading key missions and collaborations is also highlighted. Gerard Gilmore is lecturer from many years in several colloquia of the School and contributes to it with scientific research, projects and formation of physicists and astrophysicists over the world.
The Chalonge medal is a totally surprise award. The medal was presented to Gerard Gilmore on the 26th July 2013 during the open session of the 17th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2013 at the Paris Observatory in the presence of many distinguished scientists and very important personalities. Gerry Gilmore expressed "I can confirm the medal was a totally surprise to me". We are then all happy the event successfully attained the objective.
The Chalonge Medal is coined exclusively for the Chalonge School by the Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris (the French Mint) and only ten Chalonge medals have been awarded in the 22 year school history:
1991:Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel prize of physics.
1992: Bruno Pontecorvo.
2006: George Smoot, Nobel prize of physics.
2007: Carlos Frenk.
2008: Anthony Lasenby.
2008: Bernard Sadoulet.
2009: Peter Biermann.
2011: John Mather, Nobel prize of physics.
2012: Brian Schmidt, Nobel prize of Physics.
2013: Gerard F. Gilmore, Fellow of the Royal Society
With the Chalonge Medal, the International School of Astrophysics Daniel Chalonge confirms its great appreciation to Professor Gerard Gilmore, his precision study of our galaxy and his contribution to the Chalonge School.
Announcement, full history and photos: http://chalonge.obspm.fr/Medal_Chalonge2013.pdf
Gerard Gilmore's Lecture 2013: http://chalonge.obspm.fr/Paris13_Gilmore.pdf
Photo Gallery: http://chalonge.obspm.fr/album2013/index.html
Programme 2013: http://chalonge.obspm.fr/Programme2013.html
The Chalonge Archives: http://chalonge.obspm.fr/Archives_Daniel_Chalonge.html
The Chalonge School: http://chalonge.obspm.fr
With compliments and kind regards
Norma G. Sanchez, Hector J. de Vega