2019 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 5:30pm

The Discovery of Pulsars: A Graduate Student's Tale

This year's Emilio Segrè Lecture entitled "The Discovery of Pulsars: A Graduate Student's Tale" will be presented by Jocelyn Bell Burnell. In her presentation, on November 1 she will describe how pulsars were inadvertently discovered, describe some instances where they were 'nearly' discovered, and outline the properties of these amazing objects.


About the Speaker

Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics - work recognized by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor.

She has subsequently worked in many roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford, and the Chancellor of the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has chaired, served on, or serviced more Research Council Boards, Committees and Panels than she wishes to remember, and has also chaired a European Community Committee. She has been President of the Royal Astronomical Society, in 2008 became the first female President of the Institute of Physics and in 2014 the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was one of the small group of women scientists that set up the Athena SWAN scheme.

She has received many honors, including a $3M Breakthrough Prize in 2018.

The public appreciation and understanding of science have always been important to her, and she is much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster. In her spare time she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme – ‘Dark Matter; Poems of Space’.

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The Tradition of the Emilio Segrè Lecture

Since 1987, Berkeley Physics has had the opportunity to bring world-renowned scientists to our campus to speak in honor of one of our greatest experimentalists, Emilio Segrè. The lecture series, which occurs each Fall, highlights trends, discoveries and groundbreaking research and is made possible through the generosity of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Chevron Auditorium at International House
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