Beakerhead 2018: Matter of Mettle's Jocelyn Bell

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In 1967, astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell was a post-grad student at Cambridge when she noticed 'a bit of scruff' in the sky through a radio telescope. That bit of scruff turned out to be a pulsar - a small, spinning star. Her discovery has been described as one of the most significant achievements of the 20th century. But in 1974, when a Nobel Prize was awarded for that discovery, only her male colleagues were honoured. The British astrophysicist has been awarded a $3M Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Bell is in Calgary today as part of Beakerhead and she joined host Doug Dirks in studio.

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