14
June
2016
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22:00
America/Tegucigalpa

Don't give in to impostor syndrome, astrophysics pioneer tells grads

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discover of pulsars, urges class of 2016 to do their best to fight the self-doubt that can rob the world of their talent.

By NEWS STAFF

“Well, I’m a bit of a fighter. I knew they’d made a mistake admitting me. I knew they were going to throw me out sooner or later. But I decided in the interim I would work my very hardest, so that when they threw me out, I wouldn’t have a guilty conscience. I'd know I’d done my best. And so I was being very diligent, very thorough, very conscientious, following up every anomaly that our new radio telescope turned up. And that’s what led to the discovery of pulsars.” —Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell


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(Honorary degree conferral begins at 26:00)