Until today. That's when Event Horizon Telescope team, of which Bouman is a member, unveiled the first image of a black hole.
A photo she posted to Facebook - of herself smiling expectantly as her laptop first rendered the image - was published on the New York Times website and shared on social media, which helped make her the face of the group effort, despite her own effort to share credit with her many colleagues.
Anonymous to the public just days ago, a USA computer scientist named Katie Bouman has become an overnight sensation due to her role in developing a computer algorithm that allowed researchers to take the world's first image of a Black hole. "We all watched as the images appeared on our computers", says Bouman, who holds a Ph.D.in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Katie Bouman wonders if it's possible to see something that, by definition, is impossible to see.
I have an interest in how can we see things or measure things that are thought to be invisible to us. "It was quite spectacular", she told BBC Radio 5 live.
"We could've just gotten a blob".
After all, it took about 200 researchers - around 40 of them women - to notch another scientific milestone, The New York Times reported. "Today, that image was released".
While the existence of Black holes have been long known, the phenomenon proved impossible to witness.
Though her work developing algorithms was crucial to the project, she sees her real contribution as bringing a way of thinking to the table. She posted on Facebook, "No one algorithm or person made this image, it required the fantastic talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work..."
"We've taken a number of steps to address this including surfacing more authoritative content across our site for people searching for news-related topics, beginning to reduce recommendations of borderline content and showing information panels with more sources where they can fact check information for themselves", a YouTube spokesperson told Business Insider.
While talking to another portal, she said, "No one of us could've done it alone".
The snap, which has only been available to the public eye for a few hours, was taken using a worldwide network of powerful telescopes back in 2017.
The data they captured was stored on hundreds of hard drives that were flown to central processing centres in Boston, US, and Bonn, Germany. In a 2016 TED Talk, she discussed the how-tos of capturing the image and basically making history.
She spearheaded a testing process whereby multiple algorithms with "different assumptions built into them" attempted to recover a photo from the data. That method would ultimately prove successful, as all four teams were able to create "very similar" images, resulting in the release of yesterday's historic photo.
Meanwhile, another commenter, j_frost93, defends the critic, saying Munn "wouldn't have said anything" about the black hole discovery "if a man had done this".