Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The British astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars while completing her PhD at Cambridge University in the late 1960s. Using a radio telescope designed by her advisor Anthony Hewish and Martin Ryle (both men later shared a Nobel prize for their work), Bell Burnell found strange radio pulses coming from a single point in the sky.

After a period of confusion about what was causing the pulses, Bell Burnell and her colleagues confirmed that pulsars, as the sources of pulses came to be known, are emitted by rapidly spinning neutron stars.

Image: Jocelyn Bell Burnell in 1977 (credit: Robin Scagell/SPL)

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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A British astronomer finds strange pulses coming from space.

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