Jocelyn Bell Burnell - does this name ring a bell?
What did she discover that changed the world of astrophysics?
The paper announcing the discovery had five authors, Hewish\'s name being listed first, Bell\'s second. Hewish was awarded the Nobel Prize, along with Martin Ryle, without the inclusion of Bell as a co-recipient, which was controversial, and was roundly condemned by Hewish\'s fellow astronomer Fred Hoyle. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in their press release announcing the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics, cited Ryle and Hewish for their pioneering work in radio-astrophysics, with particular mention of Ryle\'s work on aperture-synthesis technique, and Hewish\'s decisive role in the discovery of pulsars. Iosif Shklovsky, recipient of the 1972 Bruce Medal, had sought out Bell at the 1970 IAU General Assembly, to tel ...more