Russell Alan Hulse1950) is an American physicist and winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with his thesis advisor Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr, for the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation. Hulse, Taylor, and other colleagues have used this first binary pulsar to make high-precision tests of general relativity, demonstrating the existence of gravitational radiation in the amount and with the properties first predicted by Albert Einstein. The Nobel Prize Taylor and Hulse shared was the first ever given for work in General Relativity.
Hulse was born in New York City and attended Bronx High School of Science and the Cooper Union before moving to Princeton University (Ph.D Physics 1975). There he worked with Taylor on a large-scale survey for pulsars using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It was this work that led to the discovery of the first binary pulsar.
After receiving his Ph.D., Hulse did postdoctoral work at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. He then returned to Princeton, where he has worked for many years at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He has also worked on science education, and in 2003 joined the University of Texas at Dallas as a visiting professor of physics and of math and science education.