Jocelyn Bell and the Breakthrough prize 2018

Pulsars were first detected in 1967 by a research student called Jocelyn Bell when she was taking observations for her PhD thesis. Her supervisor, Anthony Hewish, went on to win the Nobel prize in 1974 for the discovery, and her contribution was overlooked. Many at the time felt that Jocelyn Bell should have been given… Continue reading Jocelyn Bell and the Breakthrough prize 2018

The discovery of pulsars 1967

In 1967 Jocelyn Bell, a 24-year-old student from Cambridge University, was doing the research for her PhD. She was using a radio telescope to study radio waves emitted from compact astronomical objects known as quasars, and when she analysed the data she had collected, she noticed a signal which appeared to pulse on and off… Continue reading The discovery of pulsars 1967

Happy New Year from The Science Geek

Happy New Year to all my readers and followers. I hope that you all will continue to read and enjoy my blog ­čÖé For many┬ápeople living in the USA the most memorable event of the coming year will not be the inauguration of the new president but the total solar eclipse, which I'll talk about… Continue reading Happy New Year from The Science Geek