This week the first ever photo of a black hole from a galaxy that’s about 55 million light-years from Earth was released to the public. The image caused a buzz and was the result of a years’ long effort by the Event Horizon Telescope team but it wouldn’t have been possible without an algorithm developed by a 29-year-old female scientist named Dr. Katie Bouman. As the Washington Post explained,

“Bouman, 29, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, had been working on such an algorithm for almost six years, since she was a graduate student at MIT. She was one of about three dozen computer scientists who used algorithms to process data gathered by the Event Horizon Telescope project, a worldwide collaboration of astronomers, engineers and mathematicians.”

Congratulations Dr. Bouman!!

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The first-ever image of a black hole. Photo: EHT collaboration

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