Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

"It's increasingly recognised that the more diverse a group is, the more robust, the more flexible and more successful a group is"

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of the first pulsar while a post-doctoral astrophysics researcher in 1967.

Launch of IYA 2009, Paris - Grygar, Bell Burnell cropped

Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was not named in the Nobel Prize that her male supervisor Antony Hewish and astronomer Martin Ryle collected in 1974 for the discovery but more than half a century later she receives the £2.3 million prize for the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning she explains why she is donating that prize money to help increase diversity in physics.

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