Astrophysicist scores $3 million prize over four decades after being snubbed for a Nobel

bell burnell

Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. Her career as a scientist and now a professor sort of speaks for itself, but back in the 1970s her work was severely overlooked. Burnell, along with supervisor Antony Hewish, were studying distant quasars using a radio telescope when she noticed a bizarre signal in the data. Now, she's finally getting the credit for it.

What they were actually looking at was the first evidence of a previously unknown celestial phenomenon known as a pulsar. Hewish initially dismissed the signal as manmade radio interference, but Bell pursued it, and in 1974 the Nobel Prize committee acknowledged the incredible discovery by giving the Nobel Prize... to Hewish.

Continue reading...

BGR Top Deals:

  1. This $12 accessory is the only reason I started using my AirPods again
  2. Today’s best deals: N79S robot vacuum, $10 wireless charger, Yi Dome Cam, $110 dash cam for $44, more

Trending Right Now:

  1. A crazy conspiracy theory makes the Pixel 3 XL sound exciting for the first time
  2. You don’t have to wait two weeks to get Apple’s awesome new features on your iPhone
  3. Why Apple’s iPhone Xs will be a smash hit while Samsung’s ‘S’ upgrades failed miserably

Astrophysicist scores $3 million prize over four decades after being snubbed for a Nobel originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 7 Sep 2018 at 11:04:57 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Post Tagged with , , , ,

Comments are closed.