Meet black hole image scientist Katherine Bouman, 29, who’s been lauded for helping make stunning pic a reality

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Meet black hole image scientist Katherine Bouman, 29, who's been lauded for helping make stunning pic a reality



THIS is the young computer scientist whose algorithm led to the first ever real image of a black hole this week.
Katie Bouman, 29, has devoted years to the galactic quest and on Wednesday the stunning picture of the black hole and its fiery halo was unveiled.
Facebook Katie Bouman, 29, posted this photo of her reaction to the news that her work had led to the first ever real image of a black hole in space
Facebook Dr Bouman is an MIT graduate from Indiana. She led a team developing the algorithms needed to help make the black hole image a reality
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Since that historic moment there there have been worldwide calls for Dr Bouman to get her due.
While she was a graduate student at MIT, Dr Bouman led the development of the algorithm that helped capture the first-of-a-kind image.
She worked with a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the MIT Haystack Observatory.
She also led testing over the last few years to verify the image.
WORLDWIDE PRAISE
One fan wrote: “Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever.
“Amazing work. And here’s to more women in science (getting their credit and being remembered in history).”
By Wednesday evening, Bouman’s name was trending across the US on Twitter.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Bouman should take her “rightful seat in history.”
She added: “Congratulations and thank you for your enormous contribution to the advancements of science and mankind.
“Here’s to #WomenInSTEM!” – which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
3 years ago MIT grad student Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole. Today, that image was released.MIT
Both the internationally renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Smithsonian tweeted to laud her achievements.
MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab tweeted: “3 years ago MIT grad student Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole.
“Today, that image was released.”FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS
Dr Bouman hails from West Lafayette, Indiana – the same Midwestern state that produced another leading female figure in space science.
Margaret Hamilton – who in 1969 helped put a man on the moon – was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama for her work in mathematics and computer science.
A famous photo shows Margaret standing next to a pile of computer code that she and her MIT team produced for the Apollo space missions.
Naturally, there have been comparisons between this classic pic and a special snap of Dr Bouman.
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Posted on Facebook, in shows her ecstatic reaction to seeing her work come to fruition.
But responding modestly to the praise, Dr Bouman told CNN: “No one of us could’ve done it alone.
“It came together because of lots of different people from many different backgrounds.”
She’s now an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology.

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Draper Laboratory Margaret Hamilton standing next to a pile of computer code she and her team developed for the Apollo moon landing in 1969
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