Eve Simmons | Contributing Writer | Monday, 18 January 2016

This 22-Year-Old Woman Is Being Dubbed \'The New Einstein\'

This 22-Year-Old Woman Is Being Dubbed 'The New Einstein'

The Debrief: Oh, and she built her first airplane aged 13. NBD.

If there’s one woman to make you feel inspired by the sheer force of female achievement, it’s engineer, Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski.

  

Proving that the extent to female success and brilliance knows no limits, 22-year-old Harvard Ph.D  student, Sabrina, is set to become NASA’s latest protege.

The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has a job waiting for her when she finishes her studies and aerospace developer, Blue Origin (also set-up by Jeff Bezos) have invited her and her parents down for a visit. This half Cuban genius has been named as one of Forbes’ 30-under-30 ones to watch; deemed a ‘Rising Star’ by news site Ozy and can fly you around the world 500 times in an afternoon and get you back before dinner (well, probably). 

Aged just 13, Sabrina built her first single-engine aircraft in the back of her dad’s garage and nine years later, she’s on the road to achieving her Physics Ph.D from Harvard University (where else?). Sabrina’s specialist subjects are black holes, space-time and gravity - funnily enough the same realm of interest as little known brainiacs, Stephen Hawking and Issac Einstein. Currently, Sabrina is seeking to explain gravity through the context of quantum mechanics. I mean, aren't we all?

When she’s not tackling the most complex questions of our very existence, Sabrina updates her website, PhysicsGirl, with her latest astonishing achievements and documents her recent research.  There’s also a link to her updated CV, which makes regular resumés look like a hand-written list of weekend jobs. Although her website game is pretty strong, Sabrina has very little time for the social media storm. So little in fact, that she doesn’t even own a smartphone, let alone a Facebook profile…

‘Years of pushing the bounds of what I could achieve led me to physics,’ Sabrina told the Chicago Tribune. Apparently, it’s ‘spotting elegance within the chaos’ that interests her most. 

‘I definitely feel like I have way more to do’, she said in her interview with the Chicago Tribune. ‘It’s great to get recognition now, but hopefully it builds up to something. Fingers crossed.’

Given that she’s received thousand dollar grants from the Hertz Foundation, The Smith Foundation and the National Science Foundation, the chances are, Sabrina’s future will be pretty peachy. Oh, and her Harvard professor and close colleague is about to publish a scientific paper with Stephen Hawking. Safe to say, Sabrina’s name will be popping up again in a galaxy not so far away...

Brb, NASA’s calling.

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