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History of the Rain - Episode 5

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 24 Dec 2000

Astrophysicist

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Jocelyn Bell Burnell was only twenty-four when she made the discovery of a lifetime: As she was mapping the universe for her PhD, she chanced upon the radio signal for a totally new kind of star, known as a 'pulsar'. Her find is seen as one of the most important contributions to astrophysics in the twentieth century.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Guido Haazen

1.

Guido Haazen

Missa Luba

Performer: Guido Haazen

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major - 2nd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Johannes Brahms

3.

Johannes Brahms

Academic Festival Overture

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Others who chose this artist

1st Battalion of the 51st Highland Volunteers

4.

1st Battalion of the 51st Highland Volunteers

The Reel of the 51st Highland Division

Performer: 1st Battalion of the 51st Highland Volunteers

Giuseppe Verdi

5.

Castaway's favourite

Giuseppe Verdi

Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (from Nabucco)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Others who chose this artist

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

6.

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Bless the Lord, o my soul (from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)

Composer: Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Others who chose this artist

Leonard Bernstein

7.

Leonard Bernstein

Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) - 4th movement

Composer: Leonard Bernstein

Others who chose this artist

John Tavener

8.

John Tavener

With Great Peace & Serenity from Eternal Memo

Composer: John Tavener

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Book on how to sketch and some paper and pens

Others who chose a similar luxury

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