ann21037 — Announcement

IRAF Team Receives Prize for Astronomical Software

The IRAF software has been used by astronomers to produce nearly 25,000 scientific papers

22 October 2021

Members of the team that developed the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF) software system are this year’s recipients of the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Prize for an Outstanding Contribution to Astronomical Software. This is the second year this prize has been awarded by the organization.

Developed at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), now NSF’s NOIRLab, IRAF is a general-purpose software system used for decades by numerous ground- and space-based observatories as a standard platform to reduce and analyze scientific data. The award is for the design and development of the core IRAF system and science packages, which have enabled almost 25,000 scientific papers since its first public release in 1986. 

The three recipients of the prize are NOIRLab scientist Frank Valdes and former NOAO staff members Doug Tody and Lindsey Davis. The award recognizes the outstanding contribution of IRAF to the astronomical software community and the key role these awardees had in developing the core system.

Valdes will accept the award and give a virtual talk at the 31st ADASS conference in Cape Town, South Africa, being held on 24–28 October 2021. The IRAF group founded and held the first ADASS conference in 1991. IRAF is now managed by the astronomical community.



Vanessa Thomas
Public Information Officer
Tel.: +1 520 318 8132

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Orion "Bullets" with GeMS
Orion "Bullets" with GeMS
M51 Mosaic Created with Images Processed with IRAF
M51 Mosaic Created with Images Processed with IRAF