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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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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.The paper announcing the discovery of pulsars had five authors. Bell's thesis supervisor Antony Hewish was listed first, Bell second. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jocelyn Bell Burnell has received more than 1,168,772 page views. Her biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Jocelyn Bell Burnell is the 20th most popular astronomer (up from 41st in 2019), the 276th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 453rd 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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Among astronomers, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 20 out of 531Before her are Ja'far al-Sadiq, Carl Sagan, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Aryabhata, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Edmond Halley. After her are Robert Woodrow Wilson, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Charles Messier, Giuseppe Piazzi, Johannes Hevelius, and Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers.

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Among people born in 1943, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 23Before her are Toto Cutugno, Albano Carrisi, Roger Waters, Sadako Sasaki, Louise Glück, and Joseph Stiglitz. After her are Christopher Walken, Tarja Halonen, Howard Gardner, Horst Köhler, Elena Ferrante, and Salvatore Adamo.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 276 out of 7,765Before her are Mary of Teck (1867), Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901), Nicholas Winton (1909), John Keats (1795), Jane Goodall (1934), and Benjamin Britten (1913). After her are Peter Higgs (1929), Alec Guinness (1914), Daniel Craig (1968), Mordred (null), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), and Anne Brontë (1820).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 2Before her are Edmond Halley (1656). After her are Fred Hoyle (1915), Arthur Eddington (1882), James Bradley (1693), John Flamsteed (1646), Martin Ryle (1918), George Darwin (1845), William Lassell (1799), Stephen Gray (1666), Antony Hewish (1924), and William Huggins (1824).