Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.

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Birthday
29, 1941
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
29, 1941 (age 77)
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA

About

The co-recipient (with Russell Alan Hulse) of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics, he is famous for his discovery of a new variety of pulsar, a binary pulsar, which he and Hulse named PSR B1913+16.

Before Fame

After obtaining his bachelor's degree in physics from Haverford College and his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University, he accepted a professorship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Trivia

He taught at Princeton University from 1980 until 2006.

Family Life

The son of Quakers Joseph and Sylvia Taylor, he spent his early days in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the rest of his youth in Cinnaminson Township, New Jersey. His brother, Harold E. Taylor, also had a career as a physicist.

Associated With

He and fellow physicist Kenneth Wilson are both recipients of the Wolf Prize and the Nobel Prize.