When the Internet trolls tried to play down the importance of Katherine Bouman's rise to stardom for her part in creating the first image of a black hole, her colleague quickly closed them.
Bouman, 29, created one of the algorithms that led to the innovative image of the black hole. She also helped develop the image and verification process.
However, an unpleasant corner of the Internet tried to minimize the role of Bouman and began to publish publications that claim that Andrew Chael, a male scientist, was in fact the mastermind of the project.
The deceptive publications, on Reddit and Twitter, said that only Chael had written "850,000 of the 900,000 lines of code that were written in the historic black hole image algorithm!"
However, the effort quickly failed.
Although it may have been good to receive more recognition, Chael He immediately went to Twitter to explain that online trolls had exaggerated his contributions, and he defended Bouman's work. In addition, Chael said that, as an openly gay man, he is also a demographic group with little representation in STEM.
Chael disputed the incorrect publications.
"I did not write" 850,000 lines of code ", many of those" lines "followed by github are in model files", clarified Chael. "There are about 68,000 lines in the current software, and I do not care how many of those I personally wrote."
The graduate student at Harvard University also criticized the badist attacks against his colleague, especially when science is such a male-dominated field.
"While I appreciate the congratulations for a result that I worked hard for years, if you congratulate me because you have a badist vendetta against Katie, please go and reconsider your priorities in life," Chael wrote.
Chael wrote the code for one of the three lines of scripted code that the scientists used to transform the telescope's data into a coherent image.
CNN has contacted Chael to make comments.
Bouman has emphasized collaboration.
Although Bouman has received a lot of attention, he has maintained that the image of the black hole was the product of teamwork.
"None of us could have done it alone," Bouman told CNN. "He joined because of the large number of people from different backgrounds."
The Event Horizon Telescope project was composed of an international team of more than 200 researchers.