Joceyn Bell Burnell: March 29

Joceyn Bell Burnell discovered the first radio pulsars with her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, for which Hewish was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. The paper announcing the discovery of pulsars had five authors. Hewish’s name was listed first, Bell’s second. Hewish was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Martin Ryle, without the inclusion of Bell as a co-recipient. Many prominent astronomers expressed outrage at this omission. Bell Burnell later served as President of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics (UK).

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