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Bath Astrophysicist named Woman of the Year

Professor Carole Mundell has been named Woman of the Year in the UK's biggest programme championing women in technology

Posted by Hannah Oakman | February 02, 2016 | People

Supported by techUK and the world's leading technology businesses, the annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards event shines the spotlight on accomplished role models who are achieving success in their field while simultaneously inspiring others to pursue a career in the technology industry.

Announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in London, Professor Mundell, head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath, was selected from a field of hundreds of applicants. A panel of senior technology leaders were faced with the task of comparing the applicants based on career achievement, future potential and their commitment to supporting others in the industry.

Whilst her scientific achievements impressed the judges, they were inspired by how she applied her knowledge to develop a novel leading-edge technology, thinking outside of the box and finding innovative solutions on a shoe string budget.

They also praised her passion and dedication to breaking down the barriers between young women and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), using her position as a successful, internationally recognised female professor to promote the exciting world of science and technology.

I think this award is important recognition of women’s leadership in technology and I will use it to inspire, encourage and support girls and women to fulfil their potential in science, technology and engineering

Winning prestigious fellowships and working in the UK and USA, Professor Mundell has spent the past decade building an international team exploiting innovative technology to catch the fast-fading light from gamma ray bursts – the universe’s most powerful explosions. These bursts represent the birth cries of black holes formed in the explosive death throes of massive stars and provide information about the physical processes that produced them.

Professor Mundell commented: "This award means a lot to me personally, but it also means a lot to women in science. I think this award is important recognition of women’s leadership in technology and I will use it to inspire, encourage and support girls and women to fulfil their potential in science, technology and engineering.”

Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University said: “I’d like to congratulate Carole on this prestigious and well-deserved award, which recognises her innovation and leadership in the field. Her energy and commitment are a real inspiration to others.”

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