Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski has never had a boyfriend and she has never tried alcohol or smoking. Who needs that when you have much more important things to do, like solving some of the most complex problems in physics. At 23, this Cuban-American from Chicago has already completed her undergraduate studies at MIT, where she graduated with the highest score ever in that school and is currently a graduate student at Harvard. She studies string theory and high energy.
A brilliant mind, she first presented her concept of “the Triangle” -a universal triangle connecting soft theorems, symmetries and memory in gauge and gravitational theories- when she was just 21. Her research is similiar to that done by Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking when they were young and could drastically change our understanding of the universe. In 2016, a paper titled “Soft Hair on Black Holes” by professor Hawking, Malcolm J. Perry and Andrew Strominger, cited Gonzalez Pasterski’s work.
Although she’s been invited to appear in numerous media, she usually turns every offer down, busy as she is, fully dedicated to her research. She has received job offers from Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, and from NASA. She has also been granted thousands of dollars from Hertz Foundation, the Smith Foundation and the National Science Foundation to support her studies.
Apart from exploring black holes and spacetime and trying to explain gravity through the context of quantum mechanics, Sabrina’s personal dream is to be able to launch a ship built by herself into space. She did build a plane she designed when she was just 12. It was certified as an airworthy E-LSA in 2008 and she flew it solo at age 16. Incredible.
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