The woman behind the first-ever image of a Blackhole

Dr Katie Bouman at MIT

Humans around the globe gazed over an actual photograph of a Blackhole yesterday thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration of more than 200 scientists and 8 observatories around the world. But this all was made possible by the algorithm developed by an MIT graduate.

Dr Katie Bouman, a 29-year-old computer scientist, started making the algorithm three years ago while she was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There she led the project, assisted by a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the MIT Haystack Observatory.

The image of the blackhole was rendered by the algorithm developed by Dr Katie Bouman.

Dr Bouman currently works as an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology. She posted on Facebook after the press conference held for the event.

Image of a Blackhole
Image of a Blackhole (Source: EHT)

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