World’s youngest college professor

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24273418/

She made the jump to college at age 10. And by age 14, Sabur was earning a bachelor’s of science degree in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Stony Brook University — the youngest female in U.S. history to do so.

Her education continued at Drexel University, where she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering.

With an unlimited future ahead of her, Sabur directed her first career choice to teaching. 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 in 1717.
 

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I saw her interview on the tube. Very impressive young woman!
 
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Ok, that last thing about the cure for cancer. Like seriously, that had to be the dumbest interviewer ever.
 
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If only things had gone differently for me :cry:.

I could have been a woman.
 
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Is there a reason the article refuses to tell us what the previous record was? I'm curious to know how much she beat it by.
 
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Ok, that last thing about the cure for cancer. Like seriously, that had to be the dumbest interviewer ever.
Like totally, hold on im getting a text message. :wink:

People should be fined for using the work 'like'....its horrible.
 
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word, word, word.
 
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lol dont be h8in boiiiizzzz!

anyway that's pretty crazy.
 
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My friend declared war on the word "like" in that context. Its the damn preps that talk like that.
 
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I wish I had had loftier goals at 18. I was resting on my laurels as the local champion of the "quarters" drinking game.
 
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Don't sweat it. I'm almost 22 now and I just spent over an hour playing Angband.
 
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Wow, that is quite impressive!
 
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Wow, that is quite impressive!
Thank you. I spent many hours perfecting my quarter bouncing technique. :biggrin:
 
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Is there a reason the article refuses to tell us what the previous record was? I'm curious to know how much she beat it by.
It was Maclaurin I believe. I thought they did mention it in this interview or maybe it was another that I saw about her. :biggrin:
 
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Ok, that last thing about the cure for cancer. Like seriously, that had to be the dumbest interviewer ever.
Asking a physicist to cure cancer was a pretty stupid idea. Well whatever, people like ourselves have probably been spending so much time in physics departments we don't remember what it's like to talk to non-physicists anymore.
 
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It was Maclaurin I believe. I thought they did mention it in this interview or maybe it was another that I saw about her. :biggrin:
Not who...what age.
 
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I wonder if the fact that she has done everything, say 10 years before other people will actually lead to anything. What are the advantages of her doing it all so young?
 
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I wonder if the fact that she has done everything, say 10 years before other people will actually lead to anything. What are the advantages of her doing it all so young?
I'd be curious to hear from her in another 10 years. Will she still be in the same field or after all that education, be like other 20-somethings and realize she likes something else a lot more than what she liked when she was younger? Will she feel she missed out on something else in her childhood by heading into such a demanding career so early in life? Or maybe she'll be quite happy and doing well and glad she got started so early saving money and building a career while everyone else is still in school struggling to make ends meet.
 
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/university-appoints-child-prodigy-worlds-youngest-professor-818776.html

"At 10, she was accepted by Stony Brook University in New York, where she took her stuffed toys along to physics classes."



Oh goood at least i'm not the only one.:blushing:

Just kidding. That must have been so awesome though. I can imagine her like teaching her Teddy bear the Schrondinger Equation. :biggrin:

It must have been weird to be naturally that smart too. She must have been confused when she found out not everyone is as smart as her. When she was really little she probably just thought it was normal to pick up on things that fast.
I mean most exceptionally smart people usually have normal childhoods and then start realizing their potential in their early teens or later.

I love how modest and polite she is despite her accomplishments.

That report though.....holy crap...... I would have had such a difficult time keeping my sarcasm to myself after being asked such a stupid question. I mean like holy cow dude there is such thing as a stupid question.

"Hey Henry!"
"Yes Kim?"
"I'm going to interview this girl who says she's a phyzooosist....Thats like a science right?"
"Yea but it's pronounced physicist, my cousin is a physics major"
"Ohhhh maybe she knows how to cure cancer....thanks Henry! Now I have a closer"
"No Problem Kim........(hehehehehe)"
"What was that?"
"Oh nothing get to ur interview! (snicker snicker)"


"Henry is she serious?"
"Yes Cara, I'm sad to say she is completely serious"....
 
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/university-appoints-child-prodigy-worlds-youngest-professor-818776.html

"At 10, she was accepted by Stony Brook University in New York, where she took her stuffed toys along to physics classes."



Oh goood at least i'm not the only one.:blushing:

Just kidding. That must have been so awesome though. I can imagine her like teaching her Teddy bear the Schrondinger Equation. :biggrin:

It must have been weird to be naturally that smart too. She must have been confused when she found out not everyone is as smart as her. When she was really little she probably just thought it was normal to pick up on things that fast.
I mean most exceptionally smart people usually have normal childhoods and then start realizing their potential in their early teens or later.

I love how modest and polite she is despite her accomplishments.

That report though.....holy crap...... I would have had such a difficult time keeping my sarcasm to myself after being asked such a stupid question. I mean like holy cow dude there is such thing as a stupid question.

"Hey Henry!"
"Yes Kim?"
"I'm going to interview this girl who says she's a phyzooosist....Thats like a science right?"
"Yea but it's pronounced physicist, my cousin is a physics major"
"Ohhhh maybe she knows how to cure cancer....thanks Henry! Now I have a closer"
"No Problem Kim........(hehehehehe)"
"What was that?"
"Oh nothing get to ur interview! (snicker snicker)"


"Henry is she serious?"
"Yes Cara, I'm sad to say she is completely serious"....
Seriously?.....
 
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I'd be curious to hear from her in another 10 years. Will she still be in the same field or after all that education, be like other 20-somethings and realize she likes something else a lot more than what she liked when she was younger? Will she feel she missed out on something else in her childhood by heading into such a demanding career so early in life? Or maybe she'll be quite happy and doing well and glad she got started so early saving money and building a career while everyone else is still in school struggling to make ends meet.
I wonder if people who do it all 'normally' will eventually catch her up. If so I'd rather take the normal route, throwing pencils and rulers, and playing cops and robbers were more my type of thing at 10.
 
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I also wonder how well she will do as a teacher. Maybe since she's in Korea, it won't be so bad since I get the impression they're pretty strict in the classroom anyway, but I think she'd struggle in the US. The reason is not only is she younger than most of her students, which makes classroom dynamics/respect a little more challenging, but also she has not had a particularly normal childhood and may have difficulty relating to the usual social dynamics among students. She might even be more easily frustrated when they can't learn things as fast as she has, or unable to explain details in different ways if she never needed to think about them differently.
 
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I also wonder how well she will do as a teacher. Maybe since she's in Korea, it won't be so bad since I get the impression they're pretty strict in the classroom anyway, but I think she'd struggle in the US. The reason is not only is she younger than most of her students, which makes classroom dynamics/respect a little more challenging, but also she has not had a particularly normal childhood and may have difficulty relating to the usual social dynamics among students. She might even be more easily frustrated when they can't learn things as fast as she has, or unable to explain details in different ways if she never needed to think about them differently.
She seems pretty patient with the reporter so I don't think she will get frustrated easily. You do have a point though as far as it seems like some of the best teachers are the ones who had to struggle with the material to master it. But if she is willing and patient she could still make a great teacher.
 

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