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Shep Doeleman

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Sheperd (Shep) Doeleman is an astrophysicist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the project director of the Event Horizon Telescope. By linking radio dishes around the globe into a virtual Earth-sized telescope with the highest angular resolution possible from the surface of our planet, Shep and his team of 200 researchers captured the first ever image of a supermassive black hole. This image, which took the world by storm when it was released in April 2019, not only revolutionizes our understanding of the universe and heralds a new era of precision, horizon-scale observations of black holes, but has already become an icon, representative of the unimaginable, awe-striking unknowns lurking in space.

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Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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