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Joseph Hooton Taylor, US astrophysicist

Joseph Hooton Taylor, US astrophysicist

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EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Joseph Hooton Taylor (born 1950), US astrophysicist. Taylor shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics with his colleague Russell Hulse for their discovery of a new type of pulsar (star). In 1974, Taylor and Hulse discovered the binary pulsar PSR B1913+16, which is made up of a pulsar and black companion star. They then used this star to test Einstein's theory of general relativity and demonstrate the existence of gravitational radiation.

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