Renowned physicist Russell Hulse was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to the field of astrophysics. In 1974, Hulse and his team discovered a pulsar, a compact star that emits radio waves with a regular variation, that was made up of two stars rotating around each other. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity predicted that these stars would emit gravitational waves at declining intervals. Hulse was able to exhibit that the stars did in fact behave in this way, confirming Einstein’s pioneering theory. Hulse now serves as the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Texas, Dallas. After graduating from Bronx Science in 1966, Hulse earned his Bachelor’s from The Cooper Union and his Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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