Why aren't Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor credited as the discoverers of gravitational waves in 1974? was first written a bit enthusiastically and I made some small edits summarized in this comment:
+1There is a good question in here, possibly here in Astronomy SE but perhaps in Academia SE. But the leading and confrontational language such as "but so what?" and "Why the double standard?" tends to turn people off and result in closing rather than answering. If you are really interested in finding out the reason and not just complaining, it's better to remove those and just stick to the question in an objective way. I'll make a (hopefully) helpful edit to keep the question's focus.
The OP has been active for a little while in other SE sites as well and based on their question activity in Physics they can ask some good questions.
I think this is a great question, and I think it can have a good and instructive answer as well.
But we unfortunately have some knock-on close votes after the edit, including one that's accompanied by the accusatory comment:
Unfortunately, you cannot vote to keep open. You can merely decline to vote to close. You can vote to reopen if it is closed, which it should be. This is a question asked in bad faith. (my bold)
- There really is a "stay open" vote recorded when we click it, and it has a real effect, though it's second order as explained there.
- We can not get inside other users' heads and should be very careful to accuse a user of asking in bad faith without hearing from them first and using comments effectively to address a concern.
In this case the OP drew an interesting comparison between these two astronomer's discovery of a binary pulsar and pulsars in binary systems can speed up (presumably) due to gravitational wave radiation, and the discovery of certain peaks or in high energy collision cross-sections that happen to occur at the energy and with the decay products that Higgs predicted.
The question can have an excellent answer. Higgs and Englert didn't discover the Higgs Boson!**
A subatomic particle with the expected properties was discovered in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. The new particle was subsequently confirmed to match the expected properties of a Higgs boson.
On 10 December 2013, two of the physicists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their theoretical predictions.
An examination of the blurb about Higgs and Englert's Nobel Prize makes this very clear:
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider."
The situation is very similar, almost symmetrical(!) for Hulse and Taylor's Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize in Physics 1993 was awarded jointly to Russell A. Hulse and Joseph H. Taylor Jr. "for the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation."
So while the OP perceived there was a mismatch in the way that "giving credit for discovery" was aloted and asked about it, they could have received an answer showing that in fact it wasn't the case.
However, for whatever reason the close voters couldn't see this and at least some of them wanted the question shut down and all answers prevented.
I think the insta-close should be reserved for serious problems, things that are causing the site harm.
In this case the question was closed after only 10 hours. The OP was responding to comments and could have responded further if we'd given 24 or 48 hours for the discussion to take place but a pre-judgement was made by pre-crime that "This is a question asked in bad faith." and now neither I nor anybody can post an answer.
In my opinion, this insta-close was a bad choice, the question is sound, reasonable and has a good answer. But I'd like to hear what others think:
Question: Did this question get closed too quickly? Isn't there actually a good question here and should the OP have had a chance to respond to comments before the five answer-blocking close votes were cast?