Harry Prewitt

The World’s youngest professors

We – as a human race – are constantly changing and adapting to the changes within our society. It takes some special form of genius to master the idea of living and to rediscover what is on this beautiful earth and why.

The inspiration for this topic has sprung a few of the most intelligent people in the world, many being only very young. They leave us to question how and why they have become so great, and what makes them tick.

What we can appreciate about a young professor, is that they have grown up in an entirely different world to the current generation. Yes, I agree that old people can be very wise, and offer a huge advantage to the developing world around us. But these young people can bring something so different, they will be the older generation in years to come, with their brand new ideas of the world, we must appreciate their knowledge.

Sergei Eremenko was one of the youngest professors in the world at 31, Ph.D. at 24, Doctor of Engineering at 29, pupil of Academician Rvachev V.L., he became a rocket scientist working on multiple space and military projects, graduated from University (Kharkiv Aviation Institute) of Ukraine specializing in Applied Mathematics of National Aerospace. He also wrote in many papers and went on to produce two books of his own.

He was the director of scientific technology company Soliton Scientific, Sydney, Australia and took interest in atomic strings functions in spacetime quantization and lattice physics and Quantitative Finance and robotic trading systems.

Sounds a bit much at first – I know! But he was known as one of the world’s most intelligent young men, aiming to change our world for the better.

If you want to change the world, there’s not much to help you – aside from your own determination and drive.

The most famous and intelligent professors have studied and worked hard their entire life to ensure they leave the world in a better place than what they knew. In fact, young professors date long back to 1869, three months before his 25th birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche became the youngest professor in the 400-year history of the University of Basel to hold the title of classical philology. He then would go on to publish the first of his many great works, “The Birth of Tragedy”, at the age of just 27.

As companies and businesses hire more and more faculty in part-time and contingent appointments, it’s tough to argue that early-career academics today face greater challenges than their counterparts in the past. The traditional academic career path will only be noticed by a minority of Ph.D.s.

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