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Us Pakistanis do not get to celebrate such young minds with utmost talents every day. Muhammad Shaheer Niazi is a fine example of a true genius.

At a mere age of 16, he managed to achieve prominence in the vast field of physics. His research was sparked by his participation in the International Young Physicist Tournament in Russia in 2016, as one of Pakistan’s first participants. Niazi went on to have his research published in the Royal Open Science Journal

He became the youngest Pakistani scientist in the world as he found a way to photograph the movement of ions that form the honeycomb shape made when electrically charged particles try to pass through a pool of oil.

Forbes 30 under 30 list

With such colossal research circulating all over the internet, it was only a matter of time before he received the recognition from all over the world which he undoubtedly deserved. One such recognition came from Forbes.

Forbes 30 under 30 is a prestigious list in which personalities with distinctive abilities are honoured as fresh minds which are all under the age of 30.

Their website says the following about him:

“Muhammad Shaheer Niazi is a 17-year-old student and scientist. At 16 he found a way to photograph the movement of ions that form the honeycomb shape made when electrically charged particles try to pass through a pool of oil. The resulting shape is also known to scientists as Rose window instability. His research was sparked by his participation in the International Young Physicist Tournament in Russia in 2016, as one of Pakistan’s first participants. Niazi went on to have his research published in the Royal Open Science Journal and has ambitions of winning Pakistan its first Nobel Prize in Physics.”

On breaking Newton’s record

Niazi was only 16 when his research was published in the Royal Society Open Science journal.“Newton was 17 when his first research [paper] got published in the same journal,” Shaheer proudly said in a leading daily. Adding on, he also said that he received an email from a New York Times journalist referring to him as “Dr. Niazi”. “I replied that I don’t know whether I can be called a ‘doctor’ because I am just a 17-year-old student. Nobody knew before this that I was just 17.”

He was the most surprised when the New York Times reached out to him

“It was a very small thing, and only four to five research papers had been written on it, so I did not think it would get much publicity,” Shaheer said.

Rejected from all top universities

This young boy who became the only man in the world to present such discovery was later rejected admission in MIT, Harvard and other prestigious universities. He took to Twitter, saying that the rejection would not put him down and that he would continue to strive for greatness. Isn’t this the story of every other extremely successful personality that we know today?

With hurdles along the way, Niazi remains focused on his one true goal. His ambition of winning Pakistan a Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Hafsa Chughtai

Hafsa Chughtai

Along with being an undergrad in Psychology, I also harbour a deep love for writing and research. I am always working to deliver authentic information to my readers.

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