The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful ever made, has revolutionized the way we see the universe. The name was chosen for James E. Webb, a NASA administrator during the 1960s. But when doubts about his background emerged, the telescope’s name turned into a fight over homophobia.
Michael Powell, a national reporter for The Times, tells the story of Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, an astrophysicist whose quest to end the controversy with indisputable facts only made it worse.
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Michael Powell, a national reporter covering free speech and intellectual debate for The New York Times.
Dr. Oluseyi tried to refute the accusations against Mr. Webb, only to find himself the target of attacks.
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