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The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize for 1995 (1Dec95) (from Director's Office, NOAO Newsletter No. 44, December 1995) I am very pleased to announce that Mike Belton of the KPNO staff has been given the Gerard P. Kuiper prize. This prize is the highest honor granted by the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The citation that accompanied the award reads as follows: The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize for 1995 is awarded to Michael J. S. Belton in recognition of the great breadth of his contributions to planetary science. From early in his career, he exhibited exceptional versatility--investigating the orientation of plasma tails in comets, studying the dynamics of dust in the solar system, setting limits on the atmosphere of Mercury, and studying the water vapor in the atmosphere of Venus. Subsequently, his studies of the rotation of the outer planets, which followed his analysis of the circulation of the atmosphere of Venus using the data from Mariner X, have been particularly seminal. Michael Belton's recent scientific contributions have emphasized the smaller bodies of the solar system and include the first unambiguous discovery of a satellite of an asteroid with the Galileo imaging team and outstanding work clarifying the ambiguities inherent in the many conflicting studies of the rotation of comet 1P/Halley. The latter work led to the best current model for the comet's rotation and demonstrated that excited, complex rotation is present. Belton has also led in merging scientific questions with spacecraft capabilities, as is illustrated particularly well in his leadership of the imaging team on Galileo and also in his ideas for new types of interplanetary missions that allow the study of the numerous, smaller members of the solar system. He has played a key role in assuring the availability of ground-based instrumentation for planetary science through his service roles, both within NOAO and on various advisory committees. For all these reasons, Michael Belton is an especially worthy recipient of the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize. Sidney C. Wolff, Director
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