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23rd Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture Series

Friday, November 8, 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Student Union Theater

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell from the University of Oxford in England is world famous for her discovery of pulsars in 1967. At the time of the discovery of pulsars, Bell Burnell was a graduate student at the University of Cambridge and worked with her supervisor, Anthony Hewish. This discovery is considered one of the most important achievements of the 20th century and was recognized by a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974, awarded to her supervisor Anthony Hewish as well as to astronomer Martin Ryle. In 2018, she also received the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Bell Burnell donated her full $3 million Breakthrough prize to fund “women, underrepresented ethnic minority, and refugee students to become physics researchers.” She told, “I feel that I made my contribution in part because I felt an outsider,” she added. “I was one of very few women, and I wasn’t from the southeast of England, the affluent part of the country. So, I think increasing diversity of the workforce actually allows all sorts of things to develop.” Professor Dame Bell Burnell has a highly distinguished career including serving as the head of the Royal Astronomical Society, the first female president of both the Institute of Physics and The Royal Society of Edinburgh. For services to astronomy she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2007.

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