Woman behind 1967 Nobel work finally recognized as top scientist with Breakthrough Prize, awarded $3 million

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From USA Today.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell's male colleagues were given a Nobel in 1974 for her discovery of radio pulsars. Now, one of the world's top scientists is receiving some retroactive respect: a Breakthrough Prize and nearly $3 million in award money. 

She's being given the award for her "fundamental contributions to the discovery of pulsars, and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community," according to a statement from the prize board.

Bell Burnell told USA TODAY she was "literally speechless" when she learned she would receive the honor. She said she plans use her prize money to set up a scholarship for women, ethnic minorities and refugee graduate students through the Institute of Physics.

Women and minorities are underrepresented in astronomy and science leadership, she said, and she'd like to change that. 

"If you have a diverse group of people, it’s more robust and more successful and more flexible," she said...

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