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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a British astronomer who was born in 1943. She discovered pulsars in 1967. Pulsars are stars that send out radio waves at even intervals of time, for example, one every second. Her advisor, Tony Hewitt, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.

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