The award was established in 1985 from an endowment by Mrs Sunanna Bappu, mother of the late Dr. Manali Vainu Bappu, an eminent Astronomer and a Fellow of the Academy.
The award is to be given to a Astronomer / Astrophysicist of international recognition. The first award was announced in 1985. The award consists of a bronze Medal, an honorarium of Rs.25,000/- and a citation. Scientists from all nations are eligible for consideration. In the event of the award being given to a foreign Scientist, the international airfare will be met and he / she may be provided with cash equivalent of the honorarium in US dollars.
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