Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1943 - Today

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Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell (; born 15 July 1943) is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. The discovery was recognised by the award of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics but, despite being the first person to discover the pulsars, she was not one of the recipients of the prize.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 951,302 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Jocelyn Bell Burnell is the 41st most popular astronomer (down from 39th in 2019), the 454th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 426th in 2019) and the 5th 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 41 out of 532Before her are Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Adolphe Quetelet, Fred Hoyle, Johann Bayer, Caroline Herschel, and Clyde Tombaugh. After her are Charles Greeley Abbot, Asaph Hall, James Bradley, Simon Marius, Michel Mayor, and Johann Palisa.

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Among people born in 1943, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 35Before her are Horst Köhler, Tarja Halonen, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Salvatore Adamo, and David Cronenberg. After her are Gianni Rivera, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Masaru Emoto, Mohammad Khatami, Peter Zumthor, and John Kerry.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 454 out of 6,924Before her are Henry Every (1659), Robert Brown (1773), Stirling Moss (1929), Anthony Burgess (1917), Deborah Kerr (1921), and Roger Penrose (1931). After her are Æthelflæd (869), Edward the Confessor (1003), Donald Winnicott (1896), Thomas Bayes (1702), Mike Oldfield (1953), and John le Carré (1931).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Jocelyn Bell Burnell ranks 5Before her are Edmond Halley (1656), Arthur Eddington (1882), Mary Somerville (1780), and Fred Hoyle (1915). After her are James Bradley (1693), William Lassell (1799), Martin Ryle (1918), Antony Hewish (1924), Stephen Gray (1666), John Flamsteed (1646), and George Darwin (1845).