Chronology of White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Supernovae

1054 Chinese and American Indian astronomers observe the Crab supernova explosion.
1572  Tycho Brahe discovers his supernova in Cassiopeia.
1604 Johannes Kepler's supernova in Serpens is observed.
1862 Alvan Clark observes Sirius B.
1866 William Huggins studies the spectrum of a nova and discovers that it is surrounded by a cloud of hydrogen.
1914 Walter Adams determines an incredibly high density for Sirius B.
1926 Ralph Fowler uses Fermi-Dirac statistics to explain white dwarf stars.
1930 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar discovers the white dwarf maximum mass limit.
1933 Fritz Zwicky and Walter Baade propose the neutron star idea and suggest that supernovae might be created by the collapse of normal stars to neutron stars; they also point out that such events can explain the cosmic ray background.
1939 Robert Oppenheimer and George Volkoff calculate the first neutron star models.
1942 J.J.L. Duyvendak, Nicholas Mayall, and Jan Oort deduce that the Crab Nebula is a remnant of the 1054 supernova observed by Chinese astronomers.
1958 Evry Schatzman, Kent Harrison, Masami Wakano, and John Wheeler show that white dwarfs are unstable to inverse beta decay.
1962 Riccardo Giacconi, Herbert Gursky, Frank Paolini, and Bruno Rossi discover Sco X-1.
1967 Jocelyn Bell and Anthony Hewish discover radio pulses from a pulsar.
1967 J.R. Harries, Ken McCracken, R.J. Francey, and A.G. Fenton discover the first X-ray transient (Cen X-2).
1968 Thomas Gold proposes that pulsars are rotating neutron stars.
1969 David Staelin, E.C. Reifenstein, William Cocke, Mike Disney, and Donald Taylor discover the Crab Nebula pulsar thus connecting supernovae, neutron stars, and pulsars.
1971 Riccardo Giacconi, Herbert Gursky, Ed Kellogg, R. Levinson, E. Schreier, and H. Tananbaum discover 4.8 second X-ray pulsations from Cen X-3.
1974 Russell Hulse and Joseph Taylor discover the binary pulsar PSR1913+16.
1977 Kip Thorne and Anna Zytkow present a detailed analysis of Thorne-Zytkow objects.
1982 D.C. Backer, Shrinivas Kulkarni, Carl Heiles, M.M. Davis, and Miller Goss discover the millisecond pulsar PSR1937+214.
1985 Michiel van der Klis discovers 30 Hz quasi-periodic oscillations in GX 5-1.
1987 Ian Shelton discovers supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud.