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2020 Breakthrough Prize Winner Shep Doeleman—How EHT Imaged a Black Hole

Congratulations to Shep Doeleman and the the Event Horizon Telescope team, winners of the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics! At the 2019 World Science Festival, Shep presented the methods used by the EHT team to produce the first-ever photograph of a black hole. The image, released on April 10th, 2019, confirms (at least for the moment) Einstein’s theories at the boundary of a supermassive black hole, opening a new window into the study of these mysterious objects.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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2020 Breakthrough Prize Winner Shep Doeleman—How EHT Imaged a Black Hole

Congratulations to Shep Doeleman and the the Event Horizon Telescope team, winners of the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics! At the 2019 World Science Festival, Shep presented the methods used by the EHT team to produce the first-ever photograph of a black hole. The image, released on April 10th, 2019, confirms (at least for the moment) Einstein’s theories at the boundary of a supermassive black hole, opening a new window into the study of these mysterious objects.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Shep DoelemanAstronomer

Shep Doeleman is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he leads the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) whose goal has been to image the event horizon of a black hole: the boundary where gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape.

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Andrew StromingerPhysicist

Andrew Strominger is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics at Harvard University and a founding member of the Black Hole Initiative. He is a renowned theoretical physicist who has made pathbreaking contributions to classical and quantum gravity quantum field theory and string theory.

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