Andrea Ghez Elected to American Philosophical Society

Ghez, who was selected as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow, among many other prestigious honors, uses novel, ground-based telescopic techniques to identify thousands of new star systems and illuminate the role of supermassive black holes in the evolution of galaxies.   In 1998, she answered one of astronomy's most important questions, showing that a monstrous black hole resides at the center of our Milky Way, some 26,000 light-years away from Earth, with a mass more than 3 million times that of the sun. The question had been a subject of raging debate among astronomers for more than a quarter of a century. [more]