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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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