Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s 1967 Nobel work finally gets Breakthrough Prize

Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s male colleagues were given a Nobel in 1974 for her discovery of radio pulsars. 

…Decades ago, Bell Burnell discovered pulsars as a graduate student at the University of Cambridge as she gathered data on a new radio telescope. Anthony Hewish, who was working with Bell Burnell at the time, and Sir Martin Ryle, who was told about the discovery, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974. Hewish was credited with “his decisive role in the discovery of pulsars,” even though Bell Burnell first discovered the regular pulses of radio waves.

…She’s being given the award for her “fundamental contributions to the discovery of pulsars, and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community,” according to a statement from the prize board.

…Women and minorities are underrepresented in astronomy and science leadership, and she’d like to change that. 

“If you have a diverse group of people, it’s more robust and more successful and more flexible,” she said. 

Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s 1967 Nobel work finally gets Breakthrough Prize

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