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    • As a PhD student at Cambridge, she was integral to the discovery of pulsars, which won her advisor the Nobel Prize. If you've worked in academia, you know that it can be hard for a grad student to get the credit they deserve, and perhaps being a woman in the day (and even now) was a factor.

      And I know science doesn't get our respect like it once did, but wow she has done so much for astronomy. Aside from not being mentioned by the Nobel committee, she's won every other honor conceivable. This is only the 4th Breakthrough Prize ever awarded. She's going to dedicate all the monies to scholarships and pass on buying a Ferrari. Did I mention my crush?

      Great article about her in The Washington Post.

    • Thanks Carsten and welcome to Cake! What an awesome talk that was, simple enough for non-physicists. Well recorded too.

      She got a big laugh when she explained how her time in Northern Ireland and Scotland gave her such a peculiar accent:

    • If my being interested in the minutiae of the science she did (those non-aligned axes in spinning pulsars are something to wrap your head around) wasn't clear, I'll have that made clear now. ;-)

      Stiff remarks on accents, and fun impersonation of that Yorkshire tone are somewhere in there. Having lived around the middle of that reported north-south continuum for some time I sure can relate. Very glad to see hear her having kept humour and spirit high, the world needs more characters like hers.

      Much more inspiring than accents though I found the explicit deconstruction of the ascribed incommensurability of "being a scientist" and "being a woman" put forward when the talks to the press were happening. Us white male middle-class people sure can be confronted with what were the bad old times we behaved then. The way she reacted was staying put with her very much self made success (she built the telescope herself!) speaks volumes and hopefully contributes to gender mainstreaming in science everywhere.

      Go watch the talk if you haven't.

    • Yes, extremely inspiring. It was also inspiring to see Donna Strickland in the audience, winner of a Nobel Prize for physics this year.

      I'm still reading how bad we white men can be in business, however. 😢