Andrea Ghez is an American astronomer and professor. Andrea Ghez has received a Nobel Prize for her work on the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy. Similarly, she is presently employed at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Department of Physics and Astronomy (UCLA).
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Andrea Ghez was born in New York City, New York, on June 16, 1965. As of now, her age is 55 years old. Andrea Mia Ghez is her given name. Her nationality is American. She comes from a Jewish and Catholic household. Her astrological sign is Gemini. Gilbert Ghez (father) and Susanne Ghez (mother) gave birth to her. Her father is from Tunisia and was born in Italy, while her mother is from North Attleborough.
She grew up in Chicago. She was always curious about celestial bodies as a youngster. Her desire to become an astronomer intensified when she was inspired by the Moon landings of the Apollo program. Ghez attended a local high school in Chicago for her education. She afterward attended the University of Chicago Lab School, where she majored in Physics.
She earned a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. Moreover, she later relocated to California, where she earned a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1992.
Andrea Ghez is an astronomer and professor at UCLA’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Her study includes the use of the Keck telescopes’ adaptive optics technology. Her team is hard at work researching star-forming areas and the Sagittarius A* black hole at the core of the Milky Way. They are learning more about this region by studying the kinematics of stars at the core of the Milky Way. Ghez and her colleagues were able to capture photos of the Galactic core using the W.M. Keck Telescope. Sagittarius A* is one of the best-documented examples of a supermassive black hole.
On October 6, 2020, she and her colleagues Roger Penrose and Reinhard Genzel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery on black holes in the galactic core. Furthermore, her study group on Sagittarius* has been working hard and producing positive findings. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 prior to her work on Sagittarius A*. Similarly, she belongs to the American Physical Society (APS). She was also named a Science Hero by the My Hero Project. Ghez has also appeared in documentaries made by organizations such as “BBC,” “Discovery Channel,” and “The History Channel”.
In 2004, Discover Magazine named her one of the top 20 scientists in the United States for her contributions to their respective disciplines. Furthermore, she is currently concentrating her efforts in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. Her study group is now concentrating on the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Andrea Ghez has amassed a substantial fortune as an astronomer and lecturer. She began her career in the early 1990s and has since risen to remarkable heights. In addition to the Nobel Reward, she received a financial prize of $9 million from Genzel and Penrose. She has amassed a good net worth of $10 million as of 2020 as a result of her hard work. With her money, she appears to live a lavish lifestyle.
Andrea Ghez has a husband. She is married to Tom LaTourrette, her only husband. LaTourrette is a geologist and RAND Corporation research scientist. Similarly, the couple is the proud parents of two kids. In Los Angeles, she lives a wonderful life with her family. She also enjoys swimming and is a member of the Masters’ Swim Club.
Body Measurement and Social Media
Andrea Ghez is a stunning woman in her mid-fifties. She has pale skin, black hair, and green eyes. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 67 kg.
Similarly, she is not active on social media Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.