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Jason Hessels

Titles
Dr.
Initials
J.W.T.
Main position
Universitair hoofddocent UvA
Disciplines
Astronomy, astrophysics
Leeropdracht
Sterrenkunde
Since
29-03-2016
Employed by
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
Anton Pannekoek Instituut voor Sterrenkunde en ASTRON
Science Park 904
1098 XH   Amsterdam
tel.   020 525 7165
j.w.t.hessels@uva.nl
Personal website Research/publications

Jason Hessels (born in 1979) would like to usher young people and old into the world of basic research, in his case radio astronomy.

His main research focus is pulsars, neutron stars that, like a cosmic lighthouse, emit regularly spaced pulses of electromagnetic radiation. His discoveries – including the fastest-spinning, and densest, neutron star ever found – have had a major impact on astronomy, nuclear physics and theoretical physics. Hessels enjoys talking to schoolchildren and the public about his work. He is the inventor of the ‘DIY pulsar’, a construction kit that teaches kids about pulsar rotation and magnetic fields.

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