Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Launch of IYA 2009, Paris - Grygar, Bell Burnell cropped.jpg
Bell Burnell in 2009
Born
Susan Jocelyn Bell

(1943-07-15) 15 July 1943 (age 77)[1]
EducationThe Mount School, York
Alma mater
Known forDiscovering the first four pulsars[3]
Spouse(s)
Martin Burnell
(m. 1968; div. 1993)
ChildrenGavin Burnell
Awards
Scientific career
FieldsAstrophysics
Institutions
ThesisThe Measurement of radio source diameters using a diffraction method (1968)
Doctoral advisorAntony Hewish[4][5][6]
Influences
  • Fred Hoyle Frontiers of Astronomy (1955)
  • Henry Tillott[7] (her school physics teacher)
Websitewww2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/bellburnell

Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS FInstP (/bɜːrˈnɛl/; born 15 July 1943) is a Northern Irish astrophysicist. She has been called as "one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th Century".[9]

Her work was recognised by the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics to her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish[5][6] and to the astronomer Martin Ryle. Bell was excluded, despite having been the first to observe and precisely analyse the pulsars.[10]

Burnell won the 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

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Her publications include:

  • Burnell, S. Jocelyn (1989). Broken for Life. Swarthmore Lecture. London: Quaker Home Service. ISBN 978-0-85245-222-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Riordan, Maurice; Burnell, S. Jocelyn (27 October 2008). Dark Matter: Poems of Space. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. ISBN 978-1-903080-10-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Who's Who 2017.
  2. Lurgan Mail 2007.
  3. Bell Burnell 2007, pp. 579–581.
  4. Bell 1968.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hewish et al. 1968, p. 709.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Pilkington et al. 1968, p. 126.
  7. AIP 2000.
  8. The Life Scientific 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 BBC Scotland 2014.
  10. Hargittai 2003, p. 240.
  11. Franklin Institute.
  12. Fi.edu.
  13. Walter 1982, p. 438.
  14. AIoP 1978, p. 68.
  15. Aas.org 1986.
  16. RAS.
  17. Jansky Home Page.
  18. APS 2008.
  19. The Royal Society.
  20. Gold 2006.
  21. QVMAG 2016.
  22. Royal Society.
  23. Womenoftheyear.co.uk.
  24. Institute of Physics 2017.
  25. Académie des sciences 2018.
  26. Ouellette 2018.
  27. Addley 2007.
  28. BBC 1970.
  29. IOP JBB Prize.

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