#GAReads | Bell Burnell: Physics star gives away £2.3m prize

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photo credit: Launch_of_IYA_2009,_Paris_-_Grygar,_Bell_Burnell.jpg: Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republicderivative work: Anrie [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bell Burnell: Physics star gives away £2.3m prize”:

One of the UK's leading female astronomers is to donate her £2.3m winnings from a major science prize she was awarded.

The sum will go to fund women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers.

Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell has been awarded a Breakthrough Prize for the discovery of radio pulsars.

This was also the subject of the physics Nobel in 1974, but her male collaborators received the award.

Read Pallab Ghosh’s full article at BBC News here…