Misogynist Trolls Attacked Black Hole Scientist Katie Bouman—But Her Coworker Shut Them The Hell Down

Misogynist Trolls Attacked Black Hole Scientist Katie Bouman—But Her Coworker Shut Them The Hell Down

On April 10, a photograph of a black hole, the first ever taken, went viral. That was no surprise. But a second photo went viral, too—one of a woman named Dr. Katie Bouman, who was part of the team that captured the image, and that one wasn’t planned.


The picture, which Bouman posted to her own Facebook account, shows her smiling almost in disbelief as the first image of the cosmic phenomenon was rendered on the computer screen in front of her. It’s an amazing picture that captures true wonder.


Facebook: Katie Bouman

An MIT account for their largest research lab, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, tweeted the image, writing, “Here’s the moment when the first black hole image was processed, from the eyes of researcher Katie Bouman.”


The same account had also posted a tweet about Bouman and the project Wednesday morning.


Writer Flora Graham tweeted a picture of Dr. Bouman side by side with a picture of Margaret Hamilton, the MIT computer scientist who helped write the software for the Apollo program.