Jocelyn Bell, the astrophysicist who should have won the Nobel

The Nobel Prize It is one of the highest recognitions that any professional can obtain in their discipline, although the choice of award winners has created more than one controversy throughout history.

This is the case of Jocelyn Bell, the scientific woman we are going to talk about today. Although he has contributed in many ways to science, his greatest feat was discovering the first radioseal of a plsar, task that I carry out together with Antony Hewish, who at that time was his thesis supervisor.

Hewish won the nobel prize in physics for this discovery, while she remained in the shadows, going down in history as the astrophysicist who should have won the Nobel Prize, but did not. I know it's true that you've received many other awards Throughout her career, but we also want to give her our own recognition today, talking about her.

Biography of Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Daughter of an architect of Armagh Planetarium, of North IrelandJocelyn was born in Belfast, on July 15, 1943. From a very young age, her father instilled in her an interest in reading, especially in astronomy books.

However, he failed to stand out in the studies, eventually suspending the 11+, a test that was taken in the United Kingdom for students in their last year of primary education and was used as a requirement for admission in some secondary education. This suspense led her parents to send her to a summer school, where she met a teacher who would increase her interest in physical.

So, years later I studied in the Glasgow and Cambridge Universities And, in this last one, he began his doctoral thesis under the tutelage of Antony Hewish.

From suspending 11+ to becoming deserving of the Nobel

Along with Hewish, Jocelyn worked on building a radio telescopeable to use interplanetary flashes to study the newly discovered cusares. It was then that the summer of 1967, the young scientist discovered a flash pattern too fast to come from a cusar. After bringing the finding to the attention of their thesis tutor, both discarded any star known as the origin of the flashes and ended up concluding that they were stars of great mass, with a highest rotational speed, which they baptized as plsares.

This discovery earned him the Nobel of Physics to Hewish, in 1974. Jocelyn was left out, but did not fall apart, in fact to this day she does not care about it and believes that this award could have even been bad for her professional career.

Career that, by the way, has been formidable, since she has worked as a teacher in universities as important as that of Southampton or University College London.

In addition, she has won many other awards for her work and, today, she is still active, as a visiting professor at the Oxford University.

Jocelyn Bell has given us two great lessons: the first, that academic notes are not everything in this life and, the second, that one should not sink when things do not go as they should. In those moments the best thing is to keep going. Only then can you become as big as she is.