Groundbreaking scientist Jocelyn Bell Burnell delivered a public lecture before an audience of over 200 people at West Virginia University’s Ming Hsieh Hall on Tuesday, November 5. In “Discovery of Pulsars: A Graduate Student’s Story,” Professor Bell Burnell described her discovery of pulsars, or magnetized rotating neutron stars that emit pulsing radio waves, while a student at the University of Cambridge. In recognition of the importance of her work, Bell Burnell received a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2018. Bell Burnell donated the entirety of the $3 million prize to establish a scholarship fund for underrepresented students in physics research.
A recording of the lecture may be viewed here.
Originally from Gravitational Waves and Cosmology at West Virginia University.