Publisher Theme
Art is not a luxury, but a necessity.

20 things women should know about Sabrina Pasterski, the pioneer of Celestial Holography


Sabrina Pasterski is an American theoretical physicist from Chicago who studies high energy physics.

The brilliant young woman describes herself as “a proud first-generation Cuban-American and Chicago Public Schools alumna”.

Listed below are 10 things women should know about this inspiring woman:

1. Pasterski was born in Illinois on June 3, 1993, to Mark Pasterski and Maria Gonzalez. Her father, an attorney and an electrical engineer, encouraged her to follow her dreams.

2. She took her first flying lesson in 2003, piloted FAA1 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2005 and started building a standard-build Canadian light sport aircraft by 2006. Her first U.S. solo flight was in that aircraft in 2009 after being signed off by her CFI Jay Maynard.

3. She enrolled at the Edison Regional Gifted Center in 1998, and graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 2010.

4. In her 2012 Scientific American 30 under 30 interview, Pasterski named among her scientific heroes Leon LedermanDudley Herschbach, and Freeman Dyson, and said she was drawn to physics by Jeff Bezos.

5. Her first few months at Harvard’s Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature (2014) resulted in discovery of the spin memory effect which predates LIGO’s reported discoveries and may be proven as an inexpensive way to detect as well as verify gravitational waves and their net effects during a very rare celestial gravitational lensing event the first week of May 2028 if not sooner via Advanced LIGO. Since leaving Harvard, Pasterski has pioneered Celestial Holography.


6. She completed her undergraduate studies in three years while still a teenager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earned her PhD from Harvard University and was a PCTS Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University before joining the faculty of the Perimeter Institute at age 27.

7. In 2015, she was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Science list, named a Forbes 30 under 30 All Star in 2017, and returned as a judge in 2018 as part of Forbes’ first ever all-female Science category judging panel.

8. According to Google Trends, Pasterski was the #3 Trending Scientist for all of 2017.

Sabrina Pasterski

9. She has received job offers from Blue Origin, an aerospace company founded by‘s Jeff Bezos, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

10. As a sophomore at MIT, Pasterski was part of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. She graduated with a 5.00 undergraduate GPA.

11. While a graduate student at Harvard, she worked with Andrew Strominger. Her early work resulted in discovery of the spin memory effect which may be used to detect or verify the net effects of gravitational waves.

12. She then completed the Pasterski–Strominger–Zhiboedov triangle for electromagnetic memory in a 2015 solo paper that Stephen Hawking cited in early 2016.

13. Pasterski earned her PhD in physics from Harvard University in May 2019. At age 27, she founded the Celestial Holography Initiative and within six months had hired four post-docs.

14. Her citation of Pasterski’s solo work on the PSZ Triangle was publicized by actor George Takei when he quoted her on his Twitter account: “Hopefully I’m known for what I do and not what I don’t do.” The Steven P. Jobs Trust article included in the tweet has been shared 1,200,000 times.

15. Pasterski’s 2016 work in promoting the Let Girls Learn initiative was recognized by an invitation to the White House, a congratulatory message from the White House played on network television, and a two-page spread in Marie Claire‘s January 2017 issue with former First Lady Michelle Obama.

16. Pasterski’s continuing efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for girls in Cuba has been recognized by the Annenberg Foundation.

17. Pasterski’s 2017 work in promoting STEM education for girls in Russia has been recognized by the U.S Embassy in Moscow and by the Moscow Polytech.

18. International print and television coverage of Pasterski’s work has appeared in Russian, Polish, Czech, Spanish, German, Hindi and French: Russia Today, Poland’s Angora magazine, DNES magazine in the Czech Republic, People en Español, Jolie in Germany, Vanitha TV in India, Madame magazine in France, le Figaro magazine Paris, Femina magazine in Switzerland, and Marie Claire España.

19. Forbes and The History Channel ran stories about Gonzalez Pasterski for their audiences in Mexico and Latin America, respectively.

20. She describes herself as “a proud first-generation Cuban-American and Chicago Public Schools alumna”.


Leave a Reply