Andrew Chael in 2021

I am a fellow at the Princeton University Gravity Initiative. From 2019-2022 I was a NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) Einstein Fellow at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. I am a member of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration.

I study the extreme environments just outside the event horizons of supermassive black holes, particularly in the galactic center Sgr A* and M87. I use supercomputer simulations to study the flow of plasma as it falls into the black hole and is launched outward in relativistic jets. I also develop new approaches for testing theoretical predictions with new methods of imaging these black holes with the EHT.

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I received a BA in Physics with a secondary concentration in Medieval studies from Carleton College in 2013, and I earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2019. At Harvard, I worked at the Black Hole Initiative; I was advised by Ramesh Narayan, Shep Doeleman and Michael Johnson.

I am a proud member of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Outlist of LGBTQIA+ members of the astronomical community.

Andrew Chael in 2019 (Image Credit: Michael Confer)
Some recent photos from my travels