Who is the Bangladeshi scientist in NASA Lamiya?

Recently, the people of the world have closed their eyes after seeing the wonderful colorful pictures of space. This is the first time that the United States has published the first full color image from the James Webb Space Telescope discussed by the US space agency NASA.

James Webb is the most powerful telescope in the world. which successfully launched into space in 2021. The $10 billion NASA flagship mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, is the successor to the Hubble Telescope.

It was launched into space on December 25 last year. The specialty of the first published historical photo taken by James Webb is that it is a picture of a galaxy cluster in the distant universe 4.6 billion years ago.

US President Joe Biden called the moment ‘historic’ as the images from space were unveiled at a White House event. He said, ‘This is a new window on the history of our universe’.

The color images from space are the first ‘full-colour deep field images’ from the James Webb Telescope. Also the ‘deepest’ and ‘sharpest’ infrared images of the distant universe in human history.

More than 1,000 astronomers (from different countries) are working with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project. One of them is Lamiya Ashraf Mawla, a scientist of Bangladeshi origin. He is the only Bangladeshi in Canada’s 15-member team.

He is an astrophysicist by profession. Lamia has been working with the Canadian team at JWST since 2020. He said he was the one who developed the analysis pipeline to study the structure of galaxies.

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Lamiya graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics. Worked with Canada’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics as a Fellow in 2020. Earlier he also completed his PhD from Yale University.

Lamia grew up in Shantinagar, Dhaka. He completed his A level examination from Wills Little Flower School and College. He then went to the United States to major in neuroscience. However, he studied astrophysics later.

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