Open Eye: CBE for JBB

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OU astronomer Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell has received a CBE in the New Years Honours for services to astronomy.

Jocelyn first made her name as a PhD student when she discovered a whole new class of star, pulsars, while mapping the sky at Cambridge in 1967. She later attracted many accolades including the Royal Astronomical Society's prestigious Herschel Medal.

She told Open Eye: "I suspect this honour is in part because of the work I've done through the OU in making astronomy more accessible to the public."