Jocelyn Bell Burnell
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Earth Sciences
International Honorary Member
British astronomer who helped construct a radio telescope to study quasars and discovered pulsars (later identified as rapidly rotating neutron stars) in 1967. Currently she is the president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh as well as pro-chancellor at Trinity College Dublin. Served as president of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002-04) and was elected to a two-year term as president of the Institute of Physics in 2008. From 2001-2004 she served as dean of science at the University of Bath. Also taught at University College London and the Open University as well as working at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.