Prof. Pete Schloerb honored with induction to the Alumni Hall of Fame of the ARCS Foundation

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Prof. Schloerb has been honored by the ARCS Foundation  ( with an induction to their Alumni Hall of Fame for 2021, for `leadership and vision in the development of the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso  Serrano, which  played a significant role in capturing the first image of a black hole, confirming Einstein's theory of general relativity.

The ARCS Foundation has selected UMass Amherst Professor of Astronomy F. Peter Schloerb to be the 2021 inductee into the ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame.   Dr. Schloerb was an ARCS Scholar in 1977 during his graduate school years at the California Institute of Technology.  Each year, the ARCS Foundation selects one or more former ARCS Scholars for induction into the ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of their scientific and professional achievements.  

The ARCS Foundation ( is dedicated to advancing science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding US citizens to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.   Since its founding in 1958, the ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to over 10,000 ARCS scholars in top rated STEM programs at leading US Universities.  

The ARCS Foundation is honoring Dr. Schloerb for his leadership role in the conception, design, and construction of the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano, which was one of the world-wide network of telescopes involved in capturing the first image of a black hole.  The black hole image attracted enormous international attention, and Dr. Schloerb was one of approximately 350 individuals, including eight from UMass Amherst,  who participated in the research team that was awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.  The Foundation also recognized Dr. Schloerb’s work as a collaborator on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

More information can be found at:

Congratulations to Porf. Schloerb!