New Book: Hakeem Oluseyi's Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars
Hakeem Oluseyi is a world-renowned astrophysicist, former Space Education Lead for NASA, and science TV personality who overcame the odds stacked against him to set an example of what's possible when you dare to dream big and shoot for the stars. He opens up about his remarkable story in his talks as well as his acclaimed new memoir, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars, which was released on June 15, 2021 and is receiving rave reviews.
Overcoming Class and Race Barriers on the Path to Success
Hakeem grew up navigating poverty, violence, and instability in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods in New Orleans, Houston, LA, and Mississippi. Despite being the kid with the 162 IQ who his peers called “the professor” and "gangsta nerd," he fell into the wrong crowds and entered the world of drug dealing before dropping out of college. But Hakeem never gave up. Persevering past naysayers, self-doubt, and seemingly immovable obstacles, he turned his life around and achieved his dream of making an unforgettable mark in the world of astrophysics.
Today, Hakeem inspires audiences around the world to chase impossible dreams, fight for what they want, overcome challenges, and reach out and lend a hand up to those around them. Hilarious, honest, and inspiring, Hakeem wows groups with a look at his mind-bending scientific research while motivating them with his life story.
An Uplifting Journey of Hope, Hustle, & A Hungry Mind
Described as “an uplifting journey to the stars fueled by hope, hustle, and a hungry mind,” (Goodreads) Hakeem’s talks and memoir chart his ascent to becoming a world-renowned astrophysicist. In addition to sharing his powerful personal journey, Hakeem provides audiences with an introspective view of the universe and the infinite possibilities it presents for each person’s path in life.
Bill Nye was among the few to receive an early copy of Hakeem’s memoir, raving: “You’ll encounter one extraordinary turn of events after another, as the extraordinary chess player, puzzle solver, and occasional grifter works his way from grinding poverty and deep despair to worldwide acclaim as a physicist.”
From the Streets to the Stars and in the Media
A Quantum Life has been featured in major media outlets and has already received critical acclaim so soon after its release. Here are some of the places where you can find early coverage of Hakeem's book.
Good Morning America: NASA Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi Talks About Memoir: 'A Quantum Life'
NPR: Hakeem Oluseyi Publishes Memoir: 'A Quantum Life'
New Scientist: Quantum Life Review: One Man's Journey from the Street to the Stars
The Chestnut Post: NASA Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi Talks About Memoir: 'A Quantum Life'
Washington Post: Intelligent Life Probably Exists on Distant Planets -- Even If We Can't Make Contact, Astrophysicist Says
Amanpour and Company: Astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi's "Journey From the Streets to the Stars"
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