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