Katie Bouman

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9, 1989
West Lafayette, IN
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9, 1989 (age 31)
West Lafayette, IN


American computer scientist specializing in the field of imaging. She is best recognized for having been a key part of the Event Horizon Telescope Tam that captured the first image of a black hole in 2019. 

Before Fame

She studied electrical engineering at the University of Michigan where she graduated summa cum laude in 2011. She then earned her master's and doctoral degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then joined Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow on the Event Horizon Telescope Team. 


She is known for having been a member of the Haystack Observatory and was also supported as a student by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Fellowship program. 

Family Life

She was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her father Charles Bouman was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. 

Associated With

She was offered a faculty position at the California Institute of Technology as an assistant professor where fellow alumni and professors include Kip Thorne and fellow computer scientist John McCarthy