Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.

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Date of Birth March 29, 1941
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age 79 years old
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Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.

Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. is an American astrophysicist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his discovery with Russell Alan Hulse of a "new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation."

Born: March 29, 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality: United States
Fields: Physics
Institutions: Princeton University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory
Alma mater: Haverford College, Harvard University
Doctoral students: Victoria Kaspi
Known for: Pulsars
Notable awards: Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1980), Henry Draper Medal (1985), Magellanic Premium (1990), John J. Carty Award (1991), Wolf Prize in Physics (1992), Nobel Prize in Physics (1993)

About Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.

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.


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.


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

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  • Winners of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics
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  • Nobel laureates in Physics
  • Haverford College alumni
  • Amateur radio people
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty
  • American Nobel laureates
  • American Quakers
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