Lovell Lecture: Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1 Feb, 2018 - 1 Feb, 2018
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Thursday 1st February, 7:30pm

The Curious Case of the Pulsating Star
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Jocelyn Bell Burnell to Jodrell Bank for our first Lovell Lecture of the year. Best known for her discovery of pulsars in 1967, Jocelyn has become a role model for students and female scientists throughout the world and her ground-breaking observation is considered to be one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century.

For her February talk, she will discuss the origins of radio astronomy and the mysterious objects called quasars. Leading on from this, you’ll hear from Jocelyn about the discovery of pulsars fifty years ago. Finally she will summarise what we now understand about these amazing objects.

As a PhD student at Cambridge University, Professor Dame Bell Burnell was involved in opening up a new branch of astrophysics through her involvement in the discovery of pulsars. She is a well-known figure in the world of public understanding of science. She was patron of the IOP’s Einstein Year programme. In 2010 she was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday prize for excellence in communicating science. She has served as President of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and as Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin (Trinity College Dublin).

Tickets: £10/£8
10% discount available for Annual Pass Holders

Pre-lecture dining available in the Planet Pavilion Cafe:
Please order your menu options while booking your event tickets

Main Menu

Corn-fed chicken, braised and charred leek, black truffle risotto & sprout leaf salad £14.50
Cassoulet of white beans, horseradish & sage dumpling, roasted carrot £10.50
Smoked Haddock, salsify, Parmentier potatoes & crispy kale £16.00


Pineapple & pink peppercorn Tarte Tatin, rum toffee sauce, toasted coconut £6.25
Guanaja Chocolate choux, black cherry and vanilla bean ice cream £6.25
Selection of cheeses and biscuits, celery and chutney £6.95

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