h Index of Jocelyn Bell

This is a dismal h = 12, just enough for assistant professor. Her total number of publications is about twenty five, compared with my total of well over two thousand. The h index is calculated from Google Scholar: 1829, 167, 78, 45, 39, 37, 30, 25, 23, 21, 19, 19, 9, 9, 9, 7, 6, 6, 4, 4, 3, 1, 1, 0 ……… citations. there are 12 items cited more than 12 times each. Her total number of citations is 2401, and only 572 if one removes the 1829 citations of the paper with Hewish: A. Hewish, S. J. Bell, J. D. H, Pilkington, P. F. Scott and R. A. Collins in “Nature” which announced the discovery of pulsars. When publishing without Hewish her citations total is very low considering the fact they span about sixty years. Any Milner Prize should have been shared with Hewish, Pilkington, Scott and Collins, or not awarded at all. The Prize was very clearly political, the result of an unscientific campaign, and not objective in any way. As a student she my have done well in analyzing the scruff caused by the pulsar, but what about Pilkington, Scott and Collins? Hewish was probably the one who realized that the scruff was due to the pulsar. Why are the other three co authors never mentioned and removed from history? So I move a vote of no confidence in the Big Prize procedures until some semblance of fair assessment is introduced. The Milner Prize is a tremendous snub to Hewish, without whom the pulsar would never have been found.


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