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A full house for Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s talk at Kendal Museum

22 Nov 2013

Kendal shows its respect for Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, or Dame Jocelyn, who discovered pulsar stars, gave our ‘Eddington Lecture’, for the general public on Thursday 21st November at Kendal Museum. The event was held in conjunction with the local Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal. The sold out lecture was attended by many A Level students from near by schools. The Professor's spoke about the universe, where we came from and where the universe is heading and her own beliefs as a Quaker.

Dame Jocelyn’s discovery, made when she was a research student in 1967, led to her supervisor receiving the Nobel Prize. But among fellow astrophysicists many regard her to have made the greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century.

Dame Jocelyn was recently the subject of a BBC ‘Beautiful Minds’ documentary where she explained how her open enquiring mind led her into astrophysics, where she is one of the leading scientists today. She is keen to encourage young women to follow careers in physics and tells how inspirational, and important in her own life, was her own school science teacher - a Mr Tillet. She was the first female president of the Institute of Physics, President of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the Royal Society.

Even the Professor has a great sense of humour about her work!

Anna Hall, Education Officer, Professor Bell Burnell and Aine Holden Visitor Services Manager of Kendal Museum