Edith Alice Müller Award

In 2018, to celebrate the half-century of the SSAA, the Committee decided to create a yearly award rewarding an astronomer author of an excellent PhD thesis (see presentation flyer).

It is named the Edith Alice Müller Award in recognition for the scientific research done by Edith Alice Müller (1918-1995) on the composition of the Sun and for her involvement in promoting Astrophysics at the international level. Among other achievements, she was the first woman to be appointed General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union (see more on her biography).


Students having presented a PhD thesis in Switzerland during the previous year (for example the award 2019 will be given to a PhD thesis defended in 2018).


To promote high quality astrophysical theses in Switzerland and support the access to this field of science for both female and male young researchers.


The awardee will receive a sum of CHF 1 000.– and a diploma.


Application for the Edith Alice Müller Award must be sent to the SSAA Committee before the third week of June (deadline for receiving applications each year is June 15).

The application must include:

  • a letter of the thesis supervisor that describes the thesis;
  • the thesis manuscript;
  • the CV of the candidate;
  • a list of publications of the candidate.

The SSAA will announce the name of the awardee during the third week of September. The award will be officially delivered at the yearly General Assembly of the Society.

The Award 2018 was the first given.