Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1943 - Today

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Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell (; née Bell; born 15 July 1943) is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. The discovery eventually earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974; however, she was not one of the prize's recipients.Bell Burnell was president of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004, president of the Institute of Physics from October 2008 until October 2010, and interim president of the Institute following the death of her successor, Marshall Stoneham, in early 2011. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jocelyn Bell Burnell has received more than 1,369,472 page views. Her biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Jocelyn Bell Burnell is the 26th most popular astronomer (down from 20th in 2019), the 290th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 276th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Astronomer.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is most famous for her discovery of pulsars, which are neutron stars that emit electromagnetic radiation.

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Over the past year Jocelyn Bell Burnell has had the most page views in the with 150,525 views, followed by Spanish (30,384), and German (25,060). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Dutch (344.15%), Finnish (229.26%), and German (150.73%)


Among astronomers, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 26 out of 644Before her are Charles Messier, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, Avempace, Edmond Halley, Roger Joseph Boscovich, and Charles Greeley Abbot. After her are Giuseppe Piazzi, Robert Luther, Caroline Herschel, Johannes Hevelius, Johann Gottfried Galle, and Wilhelm Schickard.

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Among people born in 1943, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 27Before her are Ben Kingsley, Louise Glück, Christopher Walken, Elena Ferrante, Joseph Stiglitz, and Salvatore Adamo. After her are Tarja Halonen, Mohammad Khatami, Howard Gardner, Horst Köhler, Raffaella Carrà, and David Cronenberg.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 290 out of 8,785Before her are Kate Bush (1958), David Suchet (1946), Richard Cromwell (1626), Edward Gibbon (1737), George Michael (1963), and John Logie Baird (1888). After her are Marianne Faithfull (1946), Charlie Watts (1941), Ritchie Blackmore (1945), William Morris (1834), Æthelred the Unready (968), and Vanessa Redgrave (1937).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 2Before her are Edmond Halley (1656). After her are Martin Ryle (1918), Arthur Eddington (1882), Fred Hoyle (1915), William Lassell (1799), Antony Hewish (1924), John Flamsteed (1646), James Bradley (1693), Stephen Gray (1666), George Darwin (1845), and Adelard of Bath (1075).