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A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi grew up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. As a result, he spent a lot of time inside, reading encyclopedias and watching PBS nature shows. At a young age, he discovered a love of science and space that was inspired by his role model, Albert Einstein. Throughout his childhood and into young adulthood, he was repeatedly faced with circumstances that would make most people give up — a lack of supervision at home, attending his state’s lowest rated school, falling in with the wrong crowd, and failing physics exams when he ultimately made his way to Stanford. But Hakeem never gave up.

Today, as a world-renowned astrophysicist and the former Space Science Education Lead at NASA, Hakeem inspires audiences around the world to chase impossible dreams, fight for what they want, refuse to listen to naysayers, and reach out and lend a hand up to those around them. Hilarious, honest, and inspiring, Hakeem wows audiences with a look at his mind-bending scientific research while motivating them with his personal life story.

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Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi

Astrophysicist, Former Space Science Education Lead for NASA, Inspirational Speaker

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, author of the memoir “The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time,” is an internationally-recognized astrophysicist, science TV personality and global education advocate who has had a long, distinguished career in academia and scientific research. Most recently, he was stationed at NASA Headquarters, where he served as an astrophysicist and space science education lead for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. He has also been a professor of aerospace, physics, and space sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology since 2007. A former TED fellow, Dr. Oluseyi now holds three degrees, a dozen patents and co-hosts several shows on Science Channel and Discovery International. Dr. Oluyesi has won or been nominated for several awards for science reporting, including one Emmy nomination and four Webby Awards.