Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is a 23-year-old Ivy League PhD candidate who is being compared to the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.
Paterski’s accomplishments started early, according to The Sun. At just 14 years old, she built an airplane in two years with a YouTube video documenting the whole process.
After graduating from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 2010, Paterski applied to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) but was placed on the waiting list despite her impressive resume.
But since Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman had watched her video, Paterski was accepted.
“Our mouths were hanging open after we looked at it,” Haggerty said, as quoted by Femalista. “Her potential is off the charts.”
— Gonzalo Micó (@GonzaloMico) August 28, 2017
After graduating MIT with a grade point of 5.00 – the school’s highest ever – Paterski is now at Harvard working on her doctorate with full academic freedom, studying black holes, gravity and the link between space and time. Her research delves into some of physics’ most complex and difficult issues, similar to what Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein had done early in their career.
“Years of pushing the bounds of what I could achieve led me to physics.”
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have openly invited the gifted student to join him whenever she likes, while NASA have been reported to express interest in recruiting Paterski, according to The Sun.