No doubt, some are born great and are destined to achieve greatness. A case of such people is Alia Sabur, the American genius who became a professor at 18 years of age.
Alia Sabur was born on February 22, 1989, in New York, United States. She finished her elementary school at age 5. From fourth grade, she jumped into the University and graduated with a B.SC (Summa cum laude) in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brooks University, New York at age 14.
Her education continued at Drexel University, where she earned a M.Sc. and a PhD in materials science and engineering. She was three days short of her 19th birthday in February when she was hired to become a professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea. This distinction made her the youngest college professor in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, beating the previous record held by Colin Maclaurin, a student of Isaac Newton, in 1717.
Alia Sabur has done groundbreaking work towards developing nanotube-based cellular probes for use in medical research. She is also interested in an avenue to develop non-invasive optical blood glucose meters for people with diabetes. She gave her an idea for stopping the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. Her plan calls for Welding deflated auto tires to a pipe, inserting the contraption into the gusher and inflating the tires with hydraulic fluid to form a Seal.
Furthermore, aside from her unprecedented academic achievements, Sabur has a black belt in the Korean Martial art of Taekwando which she received at the age of 9. As a music prodigy, she enjoys performing as an orchestral member, Chamber musician and Soloist. Also, she likes reading and travelling.
In addition, Alia Sabur believes in the application of knowledge and that is why she has a great passion for teaching and research. Her favourite quote is that of Johann Wolfgang which states that “knowing is not enough, we must apply”.
In all, Alia Sabur tries to be a role model for young people especially girls by breaking the stereotype that Scientists are nerdy. She is indeed an inspiration to many Youths around the World.