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 ofCambridge. 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 Astronomyand the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology.