Marta Burgay

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Marta Burgay (30. November 1976, Torino) is an Italian radio astronomer whose initial claim to fame was being the discoverer[1][2][3] of PSR J0737-3039, the first double pulsar (two pulsars orbiting each other), through using the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope in Australia.

Her Thesis on radio pulsars won the 2005 Pietro Tacchini Prize, awarded by the Società Astronomica Italiana for the best Ph.D. theses.[4] In 2006, she became the first winner of the IUPAP's Young Scientists Prize in Astrophysics award.[5] In 2010, she was honoured with the Vainu Bappu Gold Medal by the Astronomical Society of India.[6]


  1. ^ Pulsar find boosts hope for gravity-wave hunters, CSIRO, 3 December 2003, accessed 2009-05-11
  2. ^ New Binary Neutron Star Will Test Einstein, Robert Naeye, Sky and Telescope, 2003.12.12, accessed 2009-05-11
  3. ^ Einstein Passes New Tests, Robert Naeye, Sky and Telescope, 3 March 2005, accessed 2009-05-11
  4. ^ Burgay, Marta, "Marta Burgay PhD Thesis", The Cagliari Pulsar Group, Cagliari Astronomical Observatory, retrieved 2012-01-03 
  5. ^ The IUPAP young scientists prize in astrophysics, Commission 19 (Astrophysics) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, retrieved 2012-01-03 
  6. ^ "Professor M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal". Astronomical Society of India. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 

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