Sydney Ideas - Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Pulsars and the universe

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John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road)

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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Hear from one of the greatest astrophysicists and role models of our time. From her early days and breakthrough discovery of pulsars, Jocelyn Bell Burnell has paved a path for furthering scientific knowledge and education.

In physics there are few female scientists more inspirational and influential than Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a visiting professor of astrophysics at Oxford University.

Her greatest discovery happened in 1967 when she was a postgraduate student at Cambridge University. Using a radio telescope she had helped to build, Jocelyn became the first person to discover pulsars — rotating neutron stars that appear to ‘pulse’ since the beam of light they emit can only be seen when it faces the Earth. The discovery led to a Nobel Prize for her PhD supervisor, Antony Hewish, and is considered one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. Since then Jocelyn has gone on to accomplish a number of other remarkable milestones.

She became the first female president of both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and helped set up the Athena Swan program to advance female participation in science. Last year her work was honoured with one of the world's most prestigious physics prizes – the $A4.3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. She joined a very select group of physicists to receive the prize, including Stephen Hawking.

In this special Sydney Ideas event, a few days ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Jocelyn will deliver the annual Walter Stibbs lecture.


The Professor Walter Stibbs Lectureship commemorates the achievements of Professor Stibbs through an annual lecture by a distinguished astronomer of international standing. The Walter Stibbs Lecture is supported by a gift from the Stibbs family and sponsored by the Sydney Institute for Astronomy.

Jocelyn's visit is also supported by the Physics Foundation.


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Lead image: By NASA/CXC/SAO (X-Ray); NASA/JPL-Caltech (Infrared) - http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/pia18848-wisefacepalm.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36363158

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