Sheperd Doeleman awarded National Academy of Sciences Henry Draper Medal

first_img Read Full Story Sheperd (Shep) Doeleman, an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, has been named the recipient of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2021 Henry Draper Medal. As founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), Doeleman is widely known for his pivotal role in capturing the first image of a supermassive black hole in 2019.This year’s Henry Draper Medal recognizes Doeleman’s vision and decades-long leadership in developing the instruments and global telescope arrays necessary to produce the world’s first black hole image.“It’s an honor and quite humbling to receive the medal. To bring a black hole into focus has been the central theme of my career, and to capture the image was really a dream fulfilled,” Doeleman says. “At the same time, the EHT could not have achieved its goals without the exceptionally hard work and dedication of the entire collaboration. It has been an absolute privilege and joy to work with teams at MIT, the CfA, and across the U.S. and world on this grand scientific adventure. When we saw the telltale ‘shadow,’ a ring of light bent in the immense gravity of black hole, we were all speechless.”Awarded every four years, the Henry Draper Medal is presented with a $25,000 cash prize. Doeleman will share the award with Heino Falcke of Radboud University.“There is no more spectacular scientific result than the iconic image of the supermassive black hole in the center of galaxy M87,” said Charles Alcock, director of the Center for Astrophysics. “I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to both Doeleman and Falcke for their greatly deserved recognition with the Henry Draper Medal.”Spearheaded by Doeleman, the EHT project started as a small group of just 10 to 20 researchers in the 2000s. The hard work paid off in 2008 when Doeleman and his team used their new technology to measure the size of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Four years later, the team glimpsed a spinning black hole that powers a cosmic jet of material erupting from the heart of galaxy M87. The success confirmed that visualizing a black hole was both technically and scientifically possible, launching Doeleman on a voyage to capture the first image of one.By 2017, the EHT had exploded into a massive border-hopping team of more than 300 people, each working at various facilities to build and synchronize a global array of radio dishes that formed a virtual, Earth-sized telescope. The final array was composed of eight observatories, including locations in Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, Arizona, the South Pole and Spain.“No one knew if the black hole shadow would be observable,” said France Cordova, physicist and 14th director of the National Science Foundation. “It took belief and courage on Shep’s part to persist with this project and to aggregate a diverse and passionate team, all in the face of funding challenges and doubts on the part of some about whether the objectives could be accomplished.”In April 2019, however, Doeleman’s vision finally became reality when his team unveiled the first direct, visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. The image made the front page of hundreds of newspapers around the world and led to some of the world’s most respected scientific awards, including the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics; the American Astronomical Society’s 2020 Bruno Rossi Prize; the NSF’s 2019 Diamond Achievement Award; and now, the Henry Draper Medal.Doeleman and Falcke will be formally presented with the award at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in April 2021.“Many people made important contributions to the Event Horizon Telescope,” Cordova said. “At the same time, we should recognize the herculean efforts of the pioneer who took risks, both in career and in intellectual focus, to champion and launch a new, extremely technically challenging approach in observational astronomy — with a result that simply astounded the world.”last_img read more

Arsenal technical director Edu basically confirms signing of his son Luigi Gaspar from Corinthians

first_imgThe Gunners chief will be joined in north London by his footballer son (Picture: Getty)Arsenal appear to have signed technical director Edu’s son, Luigi Gaspar, from Corinthians after the Brazilian sent the teenager a message on Instagram all but confirming the move.The 15-year-old has been part of the youth set up at Corinthians since he was eight years old, though does not have a contract with the Brazilian side and is free to join Arsenal for nothing.Corinthians will, however, be entitled to 1% of future transactions involving Luigi, as per FIFA’s rules regarding the transfer of young players. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 31 Jul 2019 12:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.3kShares Edu will be delighted that his son is joining him at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)He is now expected to join up with Arsenal’s academy and becomes the second Brazilian to swap South America for North London this summer, with Edu having also snapped Gabriel Martinelli in a £6m deal from Ituano.Arsenal have had a busy summer transfer window, signing William Saliba and Dani Ceballos on loan, while they are expected to announce the £72m arrival of Nicolas Pepe imminently and also want a centre-back and left-back.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal technical director Edu basically confirms signing of his son Luigi Gaspar from Corinthians Advertisementcenter_img Comment Luigi confirmed he was leaving Corinthians on social media (Picture: Instagram / @luigi.gaspar)Luigi posted a lengthy farewell message in Instagram, saying: ‘It was a pleasure to play for Corinthians, where I’ve won many titles.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’ve grown as person to be who I am today. My heart is black and white.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEdu replied to the message, writing in response: ‘Now it is time for a new challenge. I am waiting for you, I am sure you will be a hit here!’Luigi has built a good reputation at Corinthians in the youth teams and scored a vital, table-topping goal earlier this summer as the Under-15 side beat Santo Andre 2-0 back in June. Advertisementlast_img read more