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Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Press Release - 06 November 2007

Science Café: I’m an astronomer - ask me anything!

A leading astrophysicist will answer questions on everything from black holes to dark matter at the next Bath Science Café, which takes place in The Raven pub in Queen Street next week (7.30pm, Monday 12 November 2007).

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a former Dean of Science at the University of Bath and is currently a visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.

It was during her PhD work at the University of Cambridge where her fame as a scientist began.

Whilst studying the then newly discovered phenomenon of quasars she discovered something new and unexpected: a rapidly rotating neutron star.

Although originally named ‘Little Green Man 1’, this new class of star became what is now known as a pulsar.

She has since gone on to receive many awards and distinctions within the scientific community, most notably being made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003.

“We are delighted to welcome as eminent a scientist as Jocelyn Bell Burnell to the Bath Science Café,” said Professor Rod Scott from the University of Bath, one of the event organisers.

“The evening will provide an excellent opportunity for local people to learn more about the mysteries of space.”

The Science Café is an ongoing series of monthly events where some of the country’s leading scientists will talk informally about their research over a pint.

The event will be held in The Raven pub in Queen Street in the centre of town. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Organisers will ask for a small voluntary donation to cover travel costs for the speakers. Other Bath Science Café events already planned include:

To register for email alerts about forthcoming Science Café events, contact Melissa Spielman.

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