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Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Sue Lawley's castaway is astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

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]

Favourite track: The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves by Giuseppe Verdi
Book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Luxury: Book on how to sketch and some paper and pens

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Fri 29 Dec 2000 09:00

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  • Guido Haazen

    Missa Luba

    Choir: The Muungano National Choir

    • Missa.
    • Philips.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

    Soloist: Timothy Brown Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    • Hanssler Classic.
    • Hanssler Classic.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture

    Orchestra: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Daniel Baren

    • Symphony N.4.
    • Erato.
  • 1st Battalion of the 51st Highland Volunteers

    The Reel of the 51st Highland Division

    • The Music of the 1st Battalion of the 51st Highland Volunteers.
    • Spectrum.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Giuseppe Verdi

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

      Orchestra: Orchestra & Choir of La Scala, Milan

      • Opera Choruses.
      • EMI.
  • Sergei Rachmaninov

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

    Soloist: Joya Logan Choir: Corydon Singers

    • Verspers - Corydon Singers.
    • Hyperion.
  • Leonard Bernstein

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

    Soloist: Hilary Hahn Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

    • Hilary Hahn on Beethoven & Bernstein.
    • Sony.
  • John Tavener

    With Great Peace & Serenity from Eternal Memo

    Soloist: Steven Isserlis Orchestra: Moscow Virtuosi Conductor: Vladimir Spivakov

    • Eternal Memory & From Jewish Life.
    • RCA.
  • Book Choice

    • The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Luxury Choice

    • Book on how to sketch and some paper and pens

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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