Belfast Telegraph

At last, a Belfast street to honour top scientist John Stewart Bell

By Rebecca Black

A Belfast-born physicist little known in his native land but famous internationally has been honoured with a street name in Titanic Quarter.

Nobel Prize nominee John Stewart Bell investigated the foundations of quantum theory - and came up with the pioneering Bell's Theorem, which famously corrected Albert Einstein.

Mr Bell's place in scientific history is marked in Switzerland but until now he had never been honoured in his home city.

Titanic Quarter Ltd asked Belfast City Council for permission to name a new street close to the new Belfast Metropolitan College after Mr Bell earlier this year.

However, this was refused by a council committee, which cited the council's convention of not naming streets after people to avoid potential controversy.

Titanic Quarter Ltd subsequently resubmitted their bid, this time for the street to be named Bell's Theorem Crescent, after Mr Bell's most famous piece of work, and this was passed unanimously by council on Monday night without debate.

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