The radio astronomer Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered the first
pulsar (stars that release regular bursts of radio waves) in 1967 .Susan
Jocelyn Bell (Burnell) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on July
15, 1943. Her father was the architect for the Armagh Observatory, which
was close to their home. Her early interest in astronomy was encouraged
by the observatory staff. She studied at the Mount School in York,
England, from 1956 to 1961. She earned a B.S. in physics at the
University of Glasgow in 1965. That same year, she began work on her
Ph.D. at Cambridge University. There, under the supervision of Antony
Hewish, she constructed and operated a 81.5 megaherz radio
She studied interplanetary scintillation of compact radio sources.
Bell Burnell detected the first four pulsars. The term
"pulsar" is an abbreviation of pulsating radio star or of
rapidly pulsating radio sources. Pulsars represent rotating neutron
stars that emit brilliant flashes of electromagnetic radiation at each
revolution, like beacons from a lighthouse.
She has since played very active role in deloping the science of
radio-astronomy and in the world of Astronomy and Astrophysics. In
this lecture she will outline the fantastic contribution of women to the
world of Astronomy.
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