Tuesday, September 10, 2019

UA researchers among 347 winners of $3 million prize

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 12:16 PM

The Event Horizon Telescope team, which revealed the first-ever image of a black hole on April 10, recently won the the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. This prize, often called one of the "Oscars of Science" comes with a $3 million prize. That prize money will be split equally among all 347 members of the Event Horizon Telescope team, who co-authored the discovery in six different scientific papers.
click to enlarge UA researchers among 347 winners of $3 million prize
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Among the Event Horizon Telescope team are 21 University of Arizona researchers, students and telescope staff. The Event Horizon Telescope team managed to capture the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole thanks to collaborations between multiple telescopes and universities across the world. The black hole in question lies at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the Virgo cluster roughly 55 million light-years from Earth.

When the prize money is divided equally among all 347 team members, each person will receive more than $8,000.

The 21 winners are:
Graduate Students: David Ball, Junhan Kim, Lia Medeiros, Mel Rose, Arash Roshanineshat, Tyler Trent.
Undergraduates: Kyle D. Massingill, Chi H. Nguyen.
Faculty/Astronomers: Chi-kwan Chan, Buell T. Jannuzi, Daniel P. Marrone, Feryal Özel, Dimitrios Psaltis, Lucy Ziurys.
Postdocs/Engineers: Pierre Christian, Thomas W. Folkers, David C. Forbes, Robert Freund, Christopher H. Greer, Martin P. McColl, George Reiland.

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