At the 13th AAS meeting, held in Washington, DC, in December 1911, the Council (now the Board of Trustees) approved an amendment to the Society's constitution establishing a class of membership known as Patron: “Any person who has rendered conspicuous service to Astronomy otherwise than through scientific contributions may be elected by the Council to be a patron of the Society.”
Since then, the Council has approved posthumous nominations and designated at least nine Patrons.
The following list is incomplete; we continue to review the minutes of early Council meetings to find any additional Patrons. If you know of any Patron who is not on this list, please send an email with their name and year of election (if known) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Patron||Year of Election||Reference|
|Virginia L. Trimble||2018||AAS Website Post, 2018 Feb. 15|
|Irene Hansen Osterbrock*||2011||AAS Newsletter, 2012 May-June, p. 3|
|Gladys Talmage Perkin*||N/A||AAS Obituary, 2002|
|Margaret Russell Edmundson*||1999||AAS Obituary, 1999|
|C. E. K. Mees*||1950||Popular Astronomy, 1951, Vol. 59, p. 62|
|Goethe Link*||1950||Popular Astronomy, 1950, Vol. 58, p. 315|
|Henry S. Hulbert*||1949||Popular Astronomy, 1949, Vol. 57, p. 50|
|George Russell Agassiz*||1949||Popular Astronomy, 1949, Vol. 57, p. 50|
|Michel S. Kovalenko*||1947||Popular Astronomy, 1947, Vol. 55, p. 401|