You know you are a genius when Stephen Hawkings follows your work. At the age of 14, Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski was waiting for an approval from MIT for a single engine plane that she built. She is Currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard.
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is a first generation Cuban-American and was born on 3 June 1993. As a child, she attended Chicago public schools. She was only 17 when she got accepted into MIT. At first, she was waitlisted and later was accepted when MIT Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman were shown a video of Pasterski building her airplane.
She received Freshmen award for Entrepreneurship during her stay in MIT and is also the first freshman ever selected for the NASA Independent Activities Period internship. She even graduated top of the class with 5.00 GPA.
Before focusing on high energy theory, Gonzalez Pasterski worked on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. At 21, Gonzalez Pasterski spoke at Harvard about her concepts of “the Triangle” and “Spin Memory”, and completed “the Triangle” for EM during an invited talk at MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics.
At 22, she spoke at a Harvard Faculty Conference about whether or not those concepts should be applied to black hole hair and discussed her new method for detecting gravitational waves
Her works are cited in a paper authored by Stephen W. Hawking, Malcolm J. Perr, and Andrew Strominger of which one was co-authored by her and the other she authored on her own. Within 24 Hrs of Publishing her first ever paper, it was accepted into Journal of High-Energy Physics. Her second paper was an editor’s recommendation in Physical Review Letters.
Since Fall 2016 She has Published 3 publications which include a full-fledged paper and 2 notes and according to her CV, there are two more coming in Spring 2017.
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski was influenced by the founder, Chairman, and CEO Amazon.com Jeff Bezos. She even received a Job offer from Blue origin owned by Jeff Bezos along with offers from NASA and several others. Sabrina has been in the public eye since her teen years for her achievements. She was featured on the front page of Chicago Tribune at the age of 16 and was also part of their All-State Academic Team.
In 2012 she was Featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 column in Scientific American at the Age of 19. Just in 2017 she has received MIT Rising Star Award, Marie Claire’s Young Women’s Honors Education/Genius Award and was once again featured in 2017’s Forbes 30 Under 30 All-Star.
Hertz Foundation and The National Science Foundation have granted Pasterski $250000 and $150000 respectively to support her work. She has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, and TV shows around the world.
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is also an accomplished Speaker giving talks at Princeton, MIT, Forbes Summit Philadelphia and Harvard’s Faculty conference. She has given talks on her concept of “the Triangle” 6 times, each time discussing different areas in the concept, since 2016.
Unlike many People her Age, this millennial does not like social media and she is not on any social media platforms, Not even LinkedIn. She doesn’t even own a Smartphone.
She does keep her website PhysicsGirl up to date with all the latest accomplishments and publications. she also has a youtube channel where she has shared videos of her building first single engine plane.
While we sit on the couch and watch tv in our free time. she likes to fly planes and ride motorcycles.Pasterski began taking flying lessons in 2003 and by 2006, started building her first kit aircraft. A year later, she soloed her fixed wing single engine Cessna 150 in Canada and in 2008, her aircraft was deemed airworthy.
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski told Yahoo she has never had a boyfriend, smoked a cigarette or tried an alcoholic drink. In the same interview, she said “Physics itself is exciting enough. It’s not like a 9-to-5 thing. When you’re tired you sleep, and when you’re not, you do physics.”
With Such impressive CV, she sure is destined for greatness in the future. It wouldn’t be wrong calling her the Einstein of this generation.
P.S: She is also a self-proclaimed best Speed Demon Player around.