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British astrophysicist overlooked by Nobels wins $3m award for pulsar work
by Ian Sample, Science Editor

The Guardian    Translate This Article
6 September 2018

On 6 September 2018 The Guardian reported: A British astrophysicist who was passed over for the Nobel prize for her discovery of exotic cosmic objects that light up the heavens has won the most lucrative award in modern science. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a visiting professor at Oxford University, was chosen by a panel of leading scientists to receive the $3m (British Pounds sterling 2.3m) special Breakthrough prize in fundamental physics for her landmark work on pulsars and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Bell Burnell was born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, in 1943, and after spells in York and Glasgow arrived in Cambridge 'rather by accident' to pursue a PhD at the university's Cavendish laboratory.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will donate the money to help students underrepresented in physics.

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