22-year-old Cuban-American woman could be the next Einstein, says Harvard

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Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski went to MIT when she was 14 to get the institute’s approval to build a single-engine plane. Everipedia

Is a 22-year-old Cuban-American woman, who is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate and a PhD candidate at Harvard University, the next Albert Einstein?

Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski went to MIT when she was 14 to get the institute’s approval to build a single-engine plane. She was initially waitlisted, until MIT Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman viewed the video of the plane she was creating.

Her fame as a physicist has resulted in the young woman getting job offers from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, aerospace developer and manufacturer Blue Origin and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), reports Netshark.

Among the things she is studying are black holes and spacetime. Pasterski also wants to explain better gravity using quantum mechanics. All these interests, as well as her other long list of achievements, are on her Web site, PhysicsGirl.

The portal is her only link to the Internet since the young woman, unlike fellow Millennials, is not a social media fan and does not have Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram accounts. Perhaps not being distracted by social media explains why she graduated from MIT with a grade point average of 5.00, the highest possible.

In 2015 alone, she was cited in January by Forbes as one of the “30 under 30 in Science” and was granted in April academic freedom at Harvard. In the same month, the Hertz Foundation gave her a $250,000 (AUD$363,550) fellowship, while in the previous month, Pasterski was given a $150,000 (AUD$218,200) fellowship through 2020. Previous years listed a number of academic papers she wrote and published.

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