This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.


← Sixty Years of British Science Innovation

Alan4discussion's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by Alan4discussion

@OP - In July 1967, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, then a physics Ph.D student at New Hall College at the University of Cambridge, noticed a bit of “scruff” on the charts she was analysing. She was using a radio telescope to study quasars, but the regularity of this read-out caught her eye. The signal showed a pulse at a rate of about one pulse per second.

I think we also need this enabling technology included in the list! It has been involved in so many nationally and internationally important discoveries. - For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.

Since the summer of 1957 it has been quietly probing the depths of space, a symbol of our wish to understand the universe in which we live. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena which were undreamed of when it was conceived.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:33:57 UTC | #944981