After graduating from the prestigious MIT, Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, 22, is pursuing a Ph.D. at Harvard and has uncountable job offers, including one from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and NASA, and when attending a school where a large number of students are considered brilliant, she stands out as “the next Einstein.”
Pasterski studies black-holes, the nature of gravity and space-time, with emphasis on the understanding of quantum gravity that seeks to explain the phenomenon of gravity in the context of quantum mechanics – which means her findings could dramatically change our understanding of how the universe works.
The ‘new Einstein’ stands out among the increasing number of young physicists in the United States – which increased from 3,178 in 1999 to 7,329 in 2013, according to the Institute of Physics of the United States and has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from various organizations and companies to finance her research.
The prominent Cuban-American student publishes her professional achievements in her website, PhysicsGirl, likes to fly planes and drive motorcycles. Despite her impressive resume, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology put on the waiting list when she applied, and it wasn’t until a couple of teachers saw the video of Sabrina building a plane, when she was only 14 years old, that they discovered her potential and immediately accepted her into college.