Ten fun facts about Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Fact 1
She was the discoverer of radio pulsars alongside her adviser Anthony Hewish, but did not receive credit when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Fact 2
In 2014, she became the first woman to become President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Fact 3
She has been awarded 8 medals and over 15 honorary degrees from schools including the University of Michigan, University of Cambridge and the University of Glasgow.

Fact 4
Since she was a Quaker, she served on the "Quaker Peace and Social Witness Testimonies Committee".

Fact 5
She is an advocate for wanting to increase the number of women in professional and academic standings in the fields of physics and astronomy.

Fact 6
Although there is controversy over her lack of credit in the Nobel Prize, she has made comments saying she was merely a research student and that it did not bother her.

Fact 7
When she was a girl, she became interested in astronomy, but girls were not allowed to study science. Her parents challenged this policy.

Fact 8
After failing the exam that could get her into secondary school, she attended a Quaker girl's boarding school.

Fact 9
She was the subject of the first part of the BBC series "Beautiful Minds".

Fact 10
She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Glasgow and her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

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Short about Jocelyn Bell Burnell
A northern Irish astrophysicist.

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