Event Horizon Telescope team awarded 2020 Breakthrough Prize

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Breakthrough Prize trophy; breakthroughprize.orgThe 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team, of which Dr. Avery Broderick is a member. The citiation reads "For the first image of a supermassive black hole, taken by means of an Earth-sized alliance of telescopes."

The Breakthrough Prizes honor important, primarily recent, achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Pony Ma, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.

The award will be accepted by Collaboration Director Shep Doeleman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at a televised award gala on Sunday, November 3, at the NASA Ames Research Center.

>> read more about the 2020 Breakthrough Prize winners

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