Dr Nick Lomb honoured with IMAGinE Award
Post written by Toner Stevenson, Manager, Sydney Observatory
Dr Nick Lomb receives IMAGinE Award for his contribution to the Museums sector
The 2012 Museums and Galleries NSW individual achievement award was shared between Dr Nick Lomb, from Sydney Observatory, and Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This was a true recognition of the contribution made by the Sciences and the Arts to our community.
The judges recognised Nick Lomb’s work as curator of astronomy, horology, meteorology and surveying for Sydney Observatory and the Powerhouse Museum over a period spanning more than 32 years stating:
‘While he is a world-wide renown expert, Nick is a most generous person who has had a major impact on the contemporary understanding of astronomy. Nick’e high profile has contributed to the scientific community’s understanding of the educational role museums play, enabling contemporary scientists to appreciate the value museums have in communicating science to the broader community. Nick has engaged the community in many aspects of his work including community contributions to Sydney Observatory’s blog site…’
This is a thoroughly deserved award as Nick’s research has contributed much to our knowledge of astronomy, meteorology and surveying in the developing colony and early 20th century. He has curated many exhibitions including ‘By the light of the Southern Stars’, a major installation for Sydney Observatory in 1997 and ‘From the Earth to the Universe’ for the Powerhouse Museum’s contribution to the International year of Astronomy in 2009. He has been consultant researcher on many other exhibitions and publications, and is credited as assisting award-winning authors such as Kate Grenville in their content and accuracy.
Nick has worked closely with the Sydney City Skywatchers astronomy club and SOLIS (Sydney Outdoor lighting Improvement Society). He has prepared many factsheets for the Astronomical Society of Australia website, a major source of community information. These are important sources for educators, the media, amateur astronomers and the public. Nick has engaged with education groups, teaching WEA evening astronomy classes for 25 years and visiting schools for outreach. He has organised three national seminars on the history of astronomy.
Professional astronomers have extremely high regard for Dr Lomb. He has for many years been an active participant in EPOCH, the Education Sector of the Astronomical Society of Australia, and was on the organising committee for the International Astronomical Union General Assembly held in Sydney in 2003.
Thanks Nick Lomb for your lifetime devoted to sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for astronomy.
Nick is still consultant astronomer to Sydney Observatory and contributes to our work in many ways. He writes our Daily Cosmobites on the Obs blog, as well as providing the January, April and July monthly sky guide podcasts.