Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell


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Professional Field
Science and engineering
15 July 1943
Place of Birth
Lurgan College, County Armagh; The Mount School, York; University of Glasgow; University of Cambridge;

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is credited with one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the twentieth century whilst completing her postgraduate studies: that of the first radio pulsars. Although, controversially, she was not named as a co-recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Physics, awarded for the pulsar research, she has received numerous honours and fellowships.

"...for me being a role model was ...important, just to show there are women doing science, enjoying it and being good at it."
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell

She has taught at institutions including Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Bath and Princeton, and served as a Professor of Physics at the Open University for ten years. She was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 200-2004. She was awarded a CBE in 1999, which was elevated to a DBE in 2007.