• Anthea Green

We salute you Katie Bouman

Updated: Aug 11, 2019

What a truly historic achievement by Dr Kate Bouman. She has unlocked the key to producing an image of a Black Hole in space for the first time. It is wonderful to see a young woman carving out such an amazing career in science. This is not just any science field, Dr Bouman is working in a most demanding area of computer science and the study of space. Science has long been held as potentially an area where men excel. Over the last 10-15 years this has changed and is changing. But we can still do more to encourage women to take thsi career path if it is their calling.

This is an excerpt from her web.

"About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Event Horizon Telescope and will be an Assistant Professor in the CMS department at Caltech beginning in 2019. The focus of my research is on using emerging computational methods to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary imaging.

I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2017. I previously received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2011 and an S.M. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2013."

Katie Bouman was born in 1989 and clearly showed enormous skills and pioneering interests as a teenager. It will be interesting to see if she is given the kudos she deserves for this work in the months and years ahead.

Are you a woman interested in science in Australia . Do you feel you are being supported in your chosen field.? There are Australian Women breaking new ground in Science here too - be inspired by these women.


Below is a copy of a TED Talk by Katie Bouman and MIT's tweet of her achievement.