Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The First Youngest Female professor
Alia Sabur started teaching at 18 and is the youngest college professor in history.
She started talking and reading when she was just 8 months old and graduated elementary at age 5.
She went to college at age 10 and graduated at age 14 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.
She pursued her M.S. and Ph.D in materials science and engineering.
Sabur decided to teach so that three days before her 19th birthday, she became 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.
Maclaurin was a student of physicist Isaac Newton. Sabur said she is merely gravitating toward putting what she has learned to good use.
Before applying at the university, she has taken n up teaching math and physics courses at Southern University in New Orleans.