On rare occasions (e.g., only once so far this century), the AAS chooses to recognize an individual who has provided conspicuous service to astronomy and major support to the Society by naming them patrons. Trimble has contributed to the AAS and to our discipline in many ways. As described in her nomination to the Board, “She has been recognized for her work in writing numerous reviews of our science with the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing. For the many other selfless ways she has served the Society, she was awarded our own George Van Biesbroeck Prize; she is also the recipient of the Klopsteg Memorial Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. She was elected Vice-President of the AAS in 1997 and also served as Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the IAU.”
In addition to her many intellectual and service contributions to the field, Trimble has also been one of the Society’s largest donors. She endowed the Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation and recently stepped forward to fund the archiving of the records that Helmut Abt accumulated over nearly three decades of editing the Astrophysical Journal.
Congratulations, Prof. Trimble!
– via the American Astronomical Society