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The Youngest Professor Ever Is 18…And A Girl

What were you doing at age 16? Maybe learning how to drive? Taking Algebra 2? Well, Alia Sabur was getting her Ph.D. at that age. Yep, and then she became the youngest college professor in history at 18. (The previous record holder was a student of Sir Isaac Newton.) Alia is also a music prodigy (she plays the cello) and has a black belt in tae kwon do. You might be thinking, “How can I not hate this girl?”, but she’s not annoying and seems to be a fairly normal young woman who is putting her super-intelligence to good use. Her official professorship at Konkuk University in Korea begins next month, but Alia has been teaching math and physics at Southern University in New Orleans. “Some people come and they do Habitat for Humanity and they build houses, but I don’t think I would be very good,” she said. “So I tried to do what I’m good at. I was particularly interested in this university because they are still in trailers after Hurricane Katrina. And I thought it could be something I do to help.” [MSNBC]

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