Despite making one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of all time with her confirmation of the existence of pulsating stars (pulsars), Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell had to regularly fight prejudice for being a young, female scientist.

Giving the final address at Inspirefest 2015 , the world-renowned astrophysicist recalled her early days growing up as a young girl who knew from the beginning that she wanted to spend her life’s work analysing the stars that surround our planet.

Compared with today, however, the challenges that faced her by even thinking of such a career would make the hardest-willed person struggle to rise above the misjudged perception that science wasn’t for women.