Portrait of RSE President Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell unveiled

The RSE has commissioned renowned artist Dr. Victoria Crowe OBE, FRSE, RSA to paint a portrait of the eminent astrophysicist and current President of the RSE, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, PRSE.

The painting was unveiled at the RSE at a special event for Fellows. On the evening, a discussion between artist and sitter was facilitated by Scottish art historian and art critic Professor Duncan Macmillan FRSE, which provided a fascinating insight into how Victoria went about capturing Dame Jocelyn and her achievements on canvas.

Dame Jocelyn is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scientific achievements of the twentieth century. She has also been an influential campaigner, championing opportunities to increase the number of women in professional and academic science posts. In 2013 she was listed in the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour ‘Power List’ of the 100 most influential women in the UK and in 2015 she received the Prudential Women of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The portrait will hang within the RSE’s prestigious premises on George Street, Edinburgh.