Bouman, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), lead development of a computer program which made the feat possible. "Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed," she wrote on Facebook.
She started working on the algorithm three years ago while still a graduate student at MIT.
Bouman was assisted by a team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the MIT Haystack Observatory.
"3 years ago MIT grad student Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole," MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab wrote. "Today, that image was released."
Left: MIT computer scientist Katie Bouman w/stacks of hard drives of black hole image data.
Right: MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton w/the code she wrote that helped put a man on the moon.