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Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

Jocelyn Bell Burnell Public Lecture - WVU Ming Hsieh G21, Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 7 pm

Discovery of Pulsars: A Graduate Student's Story

Join groundbreaking scientist Jocelyn Bell Burnell for a presentation on her accidental discovery of pulsars, or magnetized rotating neutron stars that emit pulsing radio waves, while a student at the University of Cambridge. Bell Burnell will also share stories of when other researchers nearly discovered pulsars. In recognition of the importance of her work, she received a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2018. Bell Burnell used the entirety of the $3 million prize to establish a scholarship for underrepresented students in physics research. This event is presented by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology.