Women In STEAM Fields

Jocelyn Bell Burnell


Astrophysicist, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford. As a postgraduate student in 1967, she co-discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. The discovery was recognised by the award of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics, but despite the fact that she was the first to observe the pulsars, she was not one of the recipients of the prize. In 2018, she was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, worth three million dollars, for her discovery of radio pulsars. She donated all of the money to fund women, under-represented ethnic minorities and refugee students to become physics researchers. More…