Monday, April 28, 2008

Have You Heard About This Fresh Teen?

Guinness (World Records, that is) names Northport teen world's youngest professor!

That's right, nineteen-year-old Alia Sabur has broken a Guiness World record by becoming the world's youngest professor at age 18.

Alia, a child prodigy who has been setting records since she was 8 months old, was enrolled in college at age 10. Wow. And three days shy of her 19th birthday, Alia became a professor at Konkuk University, in Seoul, North Korea where she'll be teaching.

She will be doing some classroom instruction, but mostly will focus on research into developing nanotubes for use as cellular probes, which could help discover cures for diseases such as cancer, she said.

Down the road, she would like to develop a noninvasive blood-glucose meter for people with diabetes, she said. Her mother, Julia, and her father, Mark, both have diabetes.

Sabur said classroom teaching in Seoul will be challenging because she doesn't speak Korean. "I can speak math and music," she said.

Kudos to Alia and for her awesome success, and continuing her medical research. Amazing!

6 fresh comments:

TinaFerraro said...

Kelly, what a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing her story with us. She's a real inspiration!

Draven said...

wow. i wish i could claim that. i graduated from h.s. at the age of 13. doesnt sound as exciting as college at 10 though. i dont if id want to be in college that early.

Celise said...

That IS inspirational. Although some might bring up the fact that college at age 10 doesn't do well for the child's social skills. I think it would be kind of hard to relate to the other students.

Kelly Parra said...

She is, Tina!
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haha, Draven!
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True, Celise, it had to be an unique experience!

Mary Danielson said...

Wow - a college graduate at 10? That is truly amazing. What a great story, Kelly!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story, but can I just say (even if it is two years late) that Seoul is in SOUTH Korean. Very inspiration, though!