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Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

British astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell made one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century. As a postgraduate student, Dame Jocelyn discovered the first radio pulsars - the by-products of supernova explosions which make all life in the universe possible - with her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish for which Hewish later shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Martin Ryle.

Dame Jocelyn was president of the Institute of Physics from 2008- 2010 and received the 2010 Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture from the Royal Society in recognition of her excellence in communicating science. She is a champion of women in science and has campaigned to improve the status and number of women in professional and academic posts in the fields of physics and astronomy. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Mansfield College.

Lecture details

Lecture: A celebration of women in astronomy

Date: Wednesday 10th November

Time: 6.00pm drinks reception, 6.30pm lecture starts

Location: Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building

Booking: Places can be reserved by emailing