Alan Dyer, a long-time member of the Calgary Centre and noted astronomy author has been selected as the recipient of the Simon Newcomb Award  in 2007. This award will be presented at the General Assembly in Calgary later in June.
Nomination for Alan Dyer
Prepared by Alan Whitman
Alan Dyer is Associate Editor at SkyNews magazine, and has had articles in almost all issues of the magazine for about a decade, mainly on observing topics. He also writes equipment reviews for Sky & Telescope magazine, where he is a Contributing Editor. His past writing credits include a period as an editor at Astronomy magazine. He provides the two most-referred to observing lists in the Observer's Handbook - the Messier Catalogue and the Finest NGC Objects. He is also the co-author of the Deep-Sky Challenge Objects observing list. Mr. Dyer is the co-author (with Terence Dickinson) of the very successful and widely used book, The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. Mr. Dyer's success as an astronomy author deserves recognition by the Society as a recipient of the Simon Newcomb Award for writing.