Harvard University

Sheperd Doeleman

2020 Remote Jury Physical Sciences

Jury: Physical Sciences

Sheperd 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 revolutionises 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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