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Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences - Wikipedia

September 6, San Francisco — The Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics today announced a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell for her discovery of pulsars — a detection first announced in February — and her inspiring scientific leadership over the last five decades. Their discovery was one of the biggest surprises in the history of astronomy, transforming neutron stars from science fiction to reality in a most dramatic way.