Russell Alan Hulse Biography
Birthday: November 28, 1950 (Sagittarius)
Born In: New York City
Russell Alan Hulse is an American physicist who was one of the joint winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1993 for his discovery of a new type of pulsar; his discovery has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation. Russell was born in New York City and was educated at the Bronx High School of Science. He showed a precocious ability to learn a disparate range of scientific subjects and for a while was not sure regarding his choice of study. In order to save on college fees, he enrolled at the Cooper Union and eventually attained his doctorate in physics from the University of Massachusetts. During his time as a post graduate student, he teamed up with his teacher, Joseph H. Taylor Jr., to discover a binary pulsar that would go on to become his life’s greatest work. A few years later, they performed another series of experiments to prove the existence of gravitational waves, as propounded by Albert Einstein in his Theory of Relativity. He worked for a couple of years at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory located in Charlottesville but he did not enjoy the work and instead joined the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, with which was associated for many years. Currently, he is a professor at the University of Texas.