But Ms Bouman, now an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology, insisted the team that helped her deserves equal credit.
Katie Bouman developed the algorithm three years ago while working with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the MIT Haystack Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "Today, that image was released".
The black hole was first theorised by Albert Einstein to explain areas in space of dense matter, where even light itself can not escape.
Bouman's work has been recognized by many since the news broke, including U.S Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, who congratulated Bouman for her "enormous contribution to the advancements of science and mankind".
"No one of us could've done it alone", she told CNN. "We are trying to change that", she said. They were tasked with essentially hitting go on a supercomputer that would combine the data from each telescope and finally reveal the image the world was anxiously waiting to see.
Bouman joined the Event Horizon Telescope project team six years ago.
"Just as a forensic sketch artist uses limited descriptions to piece together a picture using their knowledge of face structure, the imaging algorithms I develop use our limited telescope data to guide us to a picture that also looks like stuff in our universe", Bouman says in her TED talk.
Event Horizon has ambitious plans to expand, adding new telescopes to the network that will boost its power, and hopefully, one day give it the ability to create videos of black holes in addition to the still images.
We now have our very first image of a black hole.
And after the image was unveiled to the world on Wednesday, Bouman began earning accolades from fellow scientists, historians and politicians for her significant achievement.
"It required the unbelievable talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work to develop the instrument, data processing, imaging methods, and analysis techniques that were necessary to pull off this seemingly impossible feat", she said.
At the time I hardly even knew what a black hole was.
The data captured from each telescope was stored on hard drives and then flown to three central processing centres in Boston, US, and Bonn in Germany.
But last summer, when the teams gathered at the Black Hole Initiative to share their findings, the startling similarities prompted an outpouring of celebration and awe.
Not only is she a millennial STEM heroine, but she's also the brilliant scientist who, with the help of her team, wrote the algorithm and did what many thought was an impossible feat: photographing a black hole. "I've spent most of my professional life on this, and I'm just really glad we got such great results out of this", Fish said.