Being compared to geniuses like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein is not something that happens to the average person.
So when we tell you that Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is far from your average human, we mean it.
At the age of just 23, Paterski has already accomplished more than most of us ever will in our lifetime.
When she was only 14-years-old, the Chicago native, constructed her own single engine airplane – by herself.
If that wasn’t impressive enough she then flew it across Lake Michigan, becoming the youngest person to ever fly their own plane.
The whole venture took two years to complete, and she documented the entire experience on YouTube.
She then graduated from Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 2010 and enrolled with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Initially she had to wait to be accepted into the school, but once Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman saw her video they had no doubt.
Femalista quote Haggerty as saying:
Our mouths were hanging open after we looked at it. Her potential is off the charts.
After just three years at MIT she has already achieved the highest possible grade point average of 5.0.
She is now working towards her doctorate at the world renowned Harvard University, with full academic freedom and no interference from staff.
Once again she is only 23-years-old.
What’s even more remarkable is that she is no longer interested in building planes but has turned her attention to physics; namely black holes and how gravity affects space and time – hence the Einstein and Hawking comparisons.
She particularly wants to study ‘quantum gravity,’ where see will attempt to understand the link between gravity within the context of quantum physics.
If her research proves successful, discoveries in this area could vastly change the way we understand the universe.
Paterski records all of her work on her website Physics Girl, but if you are a little overwhelmed by her achievements she has some sage words for you.
During an interview with Marie Claire earlier this year she said:
Be optimistic about what you believe you can do.
When you’re little, you say a lot of things about what you’ll do or be when you’re older – I think it’s important not to lose sight of those dreams.