Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell

This collection of resources are short, medium, and long-ish videos of Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell sharing her story about being one of the only women in astronomy during her time, discovering pulsars, not receiving her due credit for this discovery until recently, and working to support other women and underrepresented minorities in physics.

These videos are great resources to use in conjunction with the American Physical Society’s Women in Physics lesson found here: https://engage.aps.org/stepup/curriculum/women

A short 6-minute video from Cambridge University – “Sitting in a field strung with 120 miles of radio telescope antennae, 24-year old Cambridge PhD student Jocelyn Bell couldn’t shake the feeling that she’d seen something before. The year was 1967. For two years, Jocelyn had helped solder and sledgehammer the antennae into place at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory just outside Cambridge. As she pored over her rolls of chart recordings, she noticed it again: a bit of “scruff”, a “one part in 10 million” squiggle on a line. She had discovered pulsars, a previously unknown object in the universe. The work resulted in a Nobel Prize (controversially, not to her), inspired the artwork on a Joy Division album cover, and led her to donate all of a £2.3 million prize to help underrepresented groups become physicists. We talk to Jocelyn about her journey of discovery.” Read more here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/journeysofdiscovery-pulsars

This 16-minute film from the New York Times gives Jocelyn Bell Burnell a chance to share her story of discovering pulsars as a graduate student and how she did not receive credit for her part in this work when her advisor won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974. That is until she won the Breakthrough Prize in 2018 “for fundamental contributions to the discovery of pulsars, and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community.”

#STEMAZingVideo: Almost Famous – The Silent Pulse of the Universe (CLICK HERE)

Careering through astronomy – a public talk given by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Bridgewater State University on November 10, 2021. A 30-minute talk followed by a 30-minute question and answer period with college students.


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