Past-president makes Woman’s Hour power list

12 February 2013

Past-President of the Institute of Physics (IOP), Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, has been named one of the UK’s top 100 most powerful women.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour announced its list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK on Tuesday 12 February, which included a number of other high profile scientists and engineers.

Asking which women have the greatest impact on UK politics, society, culture and economics, the panel’s deliberations were broadcast and culminated in the publication of their top 100.  

On Professor Bell Burnell, it is her early contribution to scientific research that the panel highlight, writing, “Jocelyn Bell Burnell is credited with one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the twentieth century whilst completing her postgraduate studies: that of the first radio pulsars.”

Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of IOP, adds, “We’re delighted to see Jocelyn, joined by a range of extraordinary female scientists and engineers, in this inaugural power list.

“Jocelyn’s contribution to research and as an inspiring figurehead and role model in the fight to overcome gender disparities in science make her a very deserving choice.”