Jocelyn Bell Burnell Facts

Jocelyn Bell Burnell Facts
Dame (Susan) Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, PRSE FRAS (July 15, 1943) is an Irish astrophysicist. While a postgraduate student she was the first to discover radio pulsars. Her thesis advisor, Anthony Hewish, shared a Nobel Prize with Martin Ryle for her work.
Interesting Jocelyn Bell Burnell Facts:
Susan Jocelyn Bell was born in Belfast, Ireland.
Her father was one of the designers of the Armagh Planetarium and she read many of his books on astronomy as a girl.
She attended a Quaker boarding school, Mount School in York.
She has remained active in the Quaker movement by holding various positions, writing and lecturing.
In 1965 she earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Glasgow and received her PhD from Cambridge in 1969.
At Cambridge she was on a team which constructed a radio telescope to study quasars using interplanetary scintillation.
In July 1967 she discovered a signal that pulsed at a regular rate of one pulse per second.
The source was identified several years later as a rapidly rotating neutron star and was designated PSR B1919+21.
There has been much controversy over Burnell's exclusion from the 1974 Nobel Prize and Hewish has been accused of claiming credit for her work.
From 1973 to 1987 she was a tutor, consultant and lecturer for the Open University and a Professor of Physics there from 1991 to 2001.
From 2001 to 2004 she was Dean of Science at the University of Bath and is Visiting Professor Astrophysics at Oxford.
Her many honors include the Albert A Michelson medal in 1973, the J.Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize from the Center for Theoretical Studies in 1978 and the Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1989.
In March 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1999 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire and became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007.
In February 2014 she became the first woman President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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