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.Telescopes around the world collected high-frequency radio waves from the vicinity of Messier 87, a supermassive black hole 54 million light-years away. But atmospheric disturbance and the spareness of the measurements meant “an infinite number of possible images” could explain the data, Bouman said. Well-designed algorithms had to crunch through the chaos.
Y'all, I love that Dr. Katie Bouman is trending. I didn't know her name until this evening, but numerous folks thought: "we'll be damned if another woman is overlooked for her credit in a scientific breakthrough", and here we are.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) April 10, 2019
I just really love that.
Wow it’s just so cool seeing concerned men popping up to say Katie Bouman doesnt deserve the credit for the team she led & the algorithm she wrote while literally none of them can name a single SpaceX scientist but breathlessly tell us how Elon Musk invented both space AND time— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) April 11, 2019
Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever. Not seeing her name circulate nearly enough in the press.— Tamy Emma Pepin (@TamyEmmaPepin) April 10, 2019
Amazing work. And here’s to more women in science (getting their credit and being remembered in history) 💥🔥☄️ pic.twitter.com/wcPhB6E5qK
Congratulations to Katie Bouman on #CrackingTheCode that made the 1st image of a black hole possible and to all the women involved in the #EHTBlackHole success! 👏👏— UNESCO (@UNESCO) April 11, 2019
This is why we need more #WomenInScience, because more diversity = better science! 👩🏿🏫👩🏻🔬👩🏽🚀👩🏼🏭👩🏾💻 pic.twitter.com/ZM4ZIXFVBw