John H. Chapman Award of Excellence

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The next call for nomination will be issued in fall 2017. The award will be presented to the recipient at a ceremony in spring 2018.

The John H. Chapman Award of Excellence is a tribute to a renowned person whose vision for the development of space reflects Canada's values as much as its present and future needs.

2016 – Dr. John B. Hutchings Honoured with Canadian Space Award

Dr. John B. Hutchings presented with the John H. Chapman Award of Excellence

Credit: Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Hutchings has led Canada's participation in landmark missions, like the James Webb Space Telescope, the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope on India's ASTROSAT. These missions are helping make significant advances in space science and new technologies. The fact that he was able to lead so many major projects to fruition while maintaining excellent relations with international partners and a highly productive research career, is testimony to his skills, passion and perseverance.

Dr. Hutchings is indeed an enormously productive scientist who has made several major scientific discoveries. Authoring over 450 publications, he is in the top 0.5% of most cited astrophysicists worldwide. This is truly a remarkable personal achievement that reflects on Canadian science and innovation. As a true leader, he also generously shared his knowledge and served as a mentor to a generation of brilliant minds.

Nominated by Laura Ferrarese, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada