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18th – 21st April 2014,
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Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Picture of GoH Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Photo with thanks to University of Bath

Dame Jocelyn is a world-renowned British scientist and Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. She discovered radio pulsars whilst a postgraduate student at Cambridge in the 1960’s, a finding for which her PhD advisor, Antony Hewish, later shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. She holds numerous awards and honorary degrees, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and has served as president of the Institute of Physics. She was one of the scientists featured in the BBC 4 Beautiful Minds series.

Originally from Belfast, she has strong Scottish connections — her BSc is from the University of Glasgow and she worked at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh for several years.

Dame Jocelyn is a champion for women in science, an innovative science communicator (for example using poetry to engage listeners with astronomy) and an active Quaker.

Sites about Jocelyn

Selected publications