PROF. DR. HEINO FALCKE was born in 1966 in Cologne, Germany, is a highly decorated astrophysicist at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 2011 he received the Spinoza Prize, the Netherlands ' highest scientific award, and in 2021 he won the Henry Draper Medal. Both awards were for his idea of capturing an image of the black hole. This breakthrough was achieved by the international Event Horizon Telescope project, in which he held a leading role.
JORG ROMER was born in 1974, studied Mesoamerican studies, prehistory and ancient history, and Latin American studies in Hamburg, Germany, and is a science editor at Der Spiegel magazine.