Accolade

Female physicist “snubbed” for Nobel Prize recognized as “Woman of the Year”

Jocelyn Bell Burnell in 1967.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was awarded a Prudential Lifetime Achievement award, decades after she was snubbed and the Nobel Prize for Physics went to two of her male colleagues for her discovery, one of last century’s great astronomical breakthroughs. As part of her postgraduate research in the late 1960s, she was the first person to detect the radio pulsar, a kind of neutron star. Despite the fact that she was the second of five authors on the research paper, the 1974 Nobel Prize for her discovery went to her supervisor, Antony Hewish, and another researcher, Martin Ryle. Yesterday, however, she was recognized at the British Women of the Year award, to celebrate her “lifetime accomplishments and her remarkable contributions to science.” Bell Burnell went on to have a long and distinguished career in the sciences, serving as president of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics. She was named a dame in 2007 and is currently a visiting professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University, and president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Read the full story at the Telegraph.

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