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Astrophysicist to speak at Kendal lecture
8:32am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A WORLD renowned astrophysicist who discovered pulsar stars is to deliver the annual Eddington Lecture at Kendal Museum next month.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s talk - The Universe and Us - is open to the public and will take place at The Box next to the museum on November 21.
Her pulsar star discovery was made when she was a research student in 1967. It led to her supervisor receiving the Nobel Prize.
Many of Dame Jocelyn’s fellow astrophysicists regard it to have been the greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th Century.
She 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. Dame Jocelyn has always been keen to encourage young women to follow careers in physics and tells how inspirational her own school science teacher was.
She was the first female president of the Institute of Physics, President of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the Royal Society. She is an active member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
The lecture - being held in conjunction with the local Society of Friends and the Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal - will begin at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and tickets, costing £5, are available from Kendal Museum. To book call 01539-815597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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