Andrea Ghez

Professor of Astronomy and Physics

She goes where no man has gone before.

Sitting atop Hawaii's dormant Mauna Kea volcano, the Keck Observatory has been Astronomy Professor Andrea Ghez's laboratory since 1995. She studies the rotational center of the Milky Way and the movement of hundreds of stars near its galactic center. Ghez took the first clear photo of the Milky Way, leading to the discovery of a supermassive black hole at its center and redefining our understanding of how galaxies form.

Ghez's work has earned her a MacArthur Fellowship and made her the first woman to be awarded the Crafoord Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She has also spoken at TED Global in Oxford, sharing her findings with fellow researchers, scientists and students from around the world.

How will you make the stars align?
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