A Brief History of the Bruce Medal of the A.S.P.

Astronomers have always liked medals. Perhaps it is to make up for the lack of pecuniary rewards for seeking the secrets of the universe. The Royal Astronomical Society began bestowing its Gold Medal in 1824, and its counterparts in Paris and Berlin have long made similar awards. So it should not be surprising that the institution of a medal was one of the first items to be considered at the founding of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.