Katie Bouman Bio, Age, Facts, Family, Photos and Career

Katie Bouman is an american scientist and professor who investigates computational methods for images and led the first visualization of a black hole using the Event Horizon telescope. The National Science Foundation uncovered the at no other time seen picture on April 10, 2019.

Quick Facts
Born 9 May 1989
Birth place West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Nationality American
Citizenship USA
Birth name Katherine Louise Bouman
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University
Known for Visualization of a black hole
Occupation Theoretical and scientist
Scientific career
Institutions NASA, Harvard University
Doctoral advisor William T. Freeman
Influences Harvard University

Early life

Katie Bouman was born in 9 May 1989 in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Her father Charles Addison Bouman is a businessman and her mother Cristina Bouman is a housewife, they encouraged her to full-fill her dreams. She has one sister named Amanda Bouman. She selected at the Ernst Guillemin Award for the best master’s thesis.


She hears for the first time about the Horizon Telescope Event in high school while studying in West Lafayette, Indiana,  she studies Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and graduates cum laude with honors, she then obtained a Master’s degree in Electricity and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Bouman then works at the MIT Haystack Observatory.  She receives a scholarship from the National Science Foundation . Her Master’s thesis,Estimating Material Properties of Fabric through the observation of Motion, is awarded the prize Ernst Guilleminqui rewards the best work of Master.  Bouman joins Harvard University for postdoctoral work in the Event Horizon Telescope imaging team.  In 2017, Bouman gives a TED Talk , How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole .

Personal life

Katie Bouman is married to Joe Leong. They got hitched in September 2018 in Michigan. She has posted some photos with her husband in social media.

Research and Career

Bouman joined CalTech as assistant professor in 2019, where she works in computational imaging research. In April 2019, Bouman is the origin of the first image of a black hole, and provides the necessary IT infrastructure to the study of its manifestations of general relativity.  Bouman proposes that black holes have a shadow of hot gas.

Bouman is the author for Astronomy Now .

The algorithm

Using several algorithms together with Bouman’s, the researchers created three code pipelines to compose the image. One of the problems to mount the images is the time difference of arrival of the same astronomical signal to two different telescopes, since the way done for her through the astronomers call “sparse data and noise” as much of the atmosphere the rest of the galaxy. Researchers consider this delay time to be able to extract the visual information contained in the radio signal of the radio telescopes. These “sparse and noisy data” that the telescopes provided are picked up and attempt to produce an image.

The solution found by Bouman considers that if the measurements of three telescopes are multiplied, the delays in their signals can be canceled from one another. To do this calculation, she needs the data from three telescopes, not just two. This entails a loss of information which, on the other hand, leads to greater precision. Bouman applied machine learning to identify visual patterns that tend to occur in real images, and then refine the algorithm to reconstruct images.

“We developed ways to generate synthetic data and we used different algorithms and we blindly tested to see if we could retrieve an image.We did not just want to develop an algorithm.We wanted to develop many different algorithms, all with different assumptions embedded in them.All of them recover the same structure Overall, this will increase your confidence. “Bouman said in an interview with CNN .

The result of all this is an image, like the black hole of Messier 87 , an innovative image of a ring-shaped structure that Albert Einstein predicted more than a century ago in his theory of general relativity .

Black hole

Bouman is convinced that the black holes leave a background of hot gas and from here she got stuck as she worked on the design of an algorithm that enables the computer to fill all the gaps in data collected by telescopes from around the world. Efforts by Cathy Bowman led to the verification of the virtual images that once represented the black hole.

In the picture released in 12 April 2019, the dark opening is illustrated by an orange ring that is really outflow from hot gas whirling close to its occasion skyline. Dark gaps have very solid gravity, which means whatever enters its occasion skyline, or final turning point is gobbled up, as indicated by NASA.

The picture, which has been adulated by researchers as an “astonishing achievement,” was caught by a worldwide system of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope, NASA said.

Online trending

In the hours after the photograph’s earth shattering release, Dr Bouman turned into a universal sensation, with her name trending on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


After release the first ever black hole image, her Instagram gained 50,000 followers just in 13 hours.


According to report, her name used in over 1 million #hashtag on Twitter, its the first individual record in 2019.

***Facts About Katie Bouman***

  • Does she smoke?: No
  • Does she drink alcohol?: No
  • Katie Bouman was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States.
  • Height?:                       5 feet 5 inch
  • Weight?:                      49 Kg
  • Hair Color?:               Black, brown
  • Eye Color?:                 Dark
  • Hobbies?:                   Researching, traveling, hangout with friends.
  • Favorite food?:         Pizza, Pasta, healthy food.
  • Favorite color?:       Blue, black, white and yellow.


Did you know…

  1. Katie Bouman became known in 2019.
  2. Also she has huge fan-base in Asia and Europe.
  3. She works on new computer imaging systems.
  4. It took storage & processing of more than 5 million GB of data to image the #blackhole.



Year Event
1989 She was born on 9 May 1989 in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States.
2007 She first learned about the Event Horizon Telescope.
2016  She delivered a TEDx talk, How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole.
2017 She earned her doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT
2019 She researches computational methods for imaging and was responsible for the first visualization of a black hole.


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