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Samuel Pierpoint Langley was the first person to receive the medal in 1886 for investigations in sol
The Henry Draper Medal was established by the widow of Henry Draper , and is awarded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for contributions to astrophysics.
The medal was first awarded in 1886 to Samuel Pierpont Langley "for numerous investigations of a high order of merit in solar physics, and especially in the domain of radiant energy".
The winner also receives a cash prize of $15,000.