Presented by the Central West Astronomical Society NSW

Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell


The John Bolton Lecture delivered by Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell

The Curious Case of the Pulsating Star

Fifty years ago radio astronomy was a new and rapidly developing branch of astrophysics. In this talk, Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell will describe the early development of one part of radio astronomy - from quasars to pulsars.

About Dame Jocelyn

Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell-Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS, is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who was credited with "one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th Century". As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. The discovery was recognised by the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics to her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish.

CWAS Astrofest

The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) is proud to present the 2018 John Bolton lecture as part of the CWAS Astrofest 2018 conference.

In an effort to foster, encourage and promote astronomy in the region, CWAS is holding its annual festival of astronomy, or AstroFest, this July. The festival endeavours to bring to the people of the Central West world renowned astronomers, both professional and amateur, so they may share their enthusiasm and love of the heavens.

Both the John Bolton Lecture and the Astrofest conference are open to the public, but these events both require registration to attend.


  • $50

    Astrofest conference

  • $20

    John Bolton Lecture

Event date: 14Jul 2018

Saturday 14 Jul 2018

The Coventry Room, Parkes Shire Library and Cultural Centre

  • 16:30 - 17:30

25 Bogan Street Parkes NSW
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A note for registration:

When registering to attend the John Bolton Lecture only (and not the rest of the conference) on the registration page please select the box for ‘Conference- $50’ and then please make note in the ‘optional’ box that you will only be attending the lecture.

Payment of $20 will be collected upon arrival at the event.

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Event type: Conference or seminar