Astronomer who, in 2004, was listed by Discover Magazine as one of the top 20 scientists in the U.S. who had shown a high degree of understanding in their respective fields. Her research has allowed people to peer into black holes at the galactic center.
When she was younger she aspired to be the first female astronaut.
She received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2008.
She has two sons with husband Tom LaTourrette.
Like Albert Einstein she has studied black holes.