Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins £2.3m Breakthrough Prize
We are delighted to share that Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell has been chosen to receive the $3m (£2.3m) Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and has generously chosen to donate the prize money to the Institute of Physics, to fund PhD studentships for people underrepresented in physics.
The Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced that Jocelyn Bell Burnell would be receiving the Prize 'for fundamental contributions to the discovery of pulsars, and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community.' Pulsars are a highly magnetised, rapidly spinning form of the super-dense stars known as neutron stars. Their discovery was one of the biggest surprises in the history of astronomy, transforming neutron stars from science fiction to reality in a most dramatic way. Among many later consequences, it led to several powerful tests of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, and to a new understanding of the origin of the heavy elements in the universe.
Jocelyn will be handed the award at a glittering Silicon Valley gala in November this year. Jocelyn is a Professorial Fellow in Physics at Mansfield College.
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