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6th May 2016

Physics students were honoured last week, to welcome Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell to College. 

Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell with our visitors

Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell with our visitors

The Northern Irish Astrophysicist visited students on Friday, and spent the morning delivering an incredibly interesting lecture entitled ‘We are all made of star stuff’.

Dame Jocelyn Bell-Brunell is famed for unearthing the first pulsars (pulsating radio stars); one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the twentieth century, and has gone on to study the sky in almost every area of the electromagnetic spectrum; today she is visiting professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University. She is a hugely influential female in her field, and students and staff were captivated by their visitor, who spoke in detail about astrophysics, from the Big Bang to the future of our sun.

St Brendan’s was delighted to share the exciting opportunity with Broadlands Academy in Keynsham, who brought a group of Key Stage 4 scientists along to the talk to share the experience.

The interesting lecture was followed by a number of impressively perceptive questions from students– who were eager to continue learning more from the Professor.