Shaheer Niazi – The Seventeen Year Old Child Prodigy From Pakistan
Muhammad Shaheer Niazi is one name that you are soon going to hear all over the world. This incredibly bright seventeen year old from Pakistan has stunned scientists all over the world by exhibiting his work on the electronic honeycomb. The electronic honeycomb is a physical manifestation of a theory that can help engineers develop technology for things such printing, hearing or biomedicine.
This seventeen-year-old genius was featured in the Royal Society Open Science Journal for his scientific visualization of the phenomenon that has stumped scientists for decades.
It occurs when a layer of oil is placed in an electric field between a pointy electrode and a flat one and the instability caused by the build-up of ions applies pressure to the surface of the oil. This creates a pattern that looks like a honeycomb, or a stained glass window.
Shaheer made history when he managed to photograph the movement of ions that causes the occurrence of the electronic honeycomb as this has never been done before.
Shaheer solved the electronic honeycomb issue when he was given this problem at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament held in Russia last year. This was the first time that Pakistan was represented at this tournament. After he and his team came back from Russia, Shaheer decided to get his research published. His fascinating research was published just days before his 17th birthday.
Smartness runs in the Niazi family as Shaheer’s sister too has had a research paper published in NRC Research Press. His sister Khadija’s topic was called “Solving core issues of early physics education in Pakistan”. Both these siblings study Lahore College of Arts and Science and attribute all their success to the college and the support of their mother.
t a very young age he was also introduced to the concept of self-learning. He was only 11 when he first started taking online courses. He has taken 25 courses in different subjects from platforms like Coursera. For toys, he owns a telescope and tools for his scientific experiments.
Shaheer displayed his intellect from a very young age as he took 25 online courses besides his regular courses to gain as much knowledge as he can. Shaheer also displays a profound interest in art and music as he is a self-taught pianist and a wonderful pencil sketcher.
“I see both of my children developing careers in research,” says Ayesha Ahmad, their mother. Shaheer and Khadija both thank their mother for pushing them to get their research published.
Both siblings want to take their passion for science further. Shaheer wants to conduct research into the topic of plant perceptions while Khadija wants to bring together the fields of physics and journalism. As for what the near future holds for Shaheer , he wants to go to a good university like MIT which will further nourish his skills and wants to bring home the Nobel Prize for Pakistan
We wish both these siblings the best of luck for their future and hope to see them hoist the flag of Pakistan even higher with their achievements.