Most of us heard about Alia Sabur, an Iranian-American child prodigy, for the first time when the Guinness World Records did the following citation on March 7 2008:

Youngest professor — The youngest university professor is Alia Sabur (USA, b. 22 February 1989), who was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor of the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, with effect from 19 February 2008, aged 18 years 362 days. Ms Sabur’s official title is: International Professor as Research Liaison with Stony Brook University (New York, USA).”

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