Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi: What I Learned From Teaching Physics In Africa

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi: What I Learned From Teaching Physics In Africa


In this short video, Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, an internationally-recognized astrophysicist, educator, humanitarian, and TED Fellow, describes his experiences teaching in countries throughout southern Africa and his efforts to find new astronomers in the continent. as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys. 

Hakeem is not your average astrophysicist. From rural Mississippi, he took a circuitous route to a career in science, with a detour through Silicon Valley. With eight patents under his belt, he moved from the tech world to a life of research, teaching, and the global support of young scientists. He speaks about his inspiring journey and his cutting-edge work on computer, telescope, and in-space propulsion technology.

The video is an excerpt from the full "Hakeem Oluseyi: Star Search" program and a student matinee featuring Hakeem Oluseyi which was recorded on October 26, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys. This program and matinee was generously underwritten by the Lohengrin Foundation, Baxter International, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Lorraine and Jay Jaffe.

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Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi has three degrees, 8 U.S. patents, four E.U. patents and has hosted shows on the Science Channel and on Discovery. But more impressive is his life story. Oluseyi grew up in the roughest neighborhoods of America, learned to survive on the street, and still taught himself Einstein’s theory of relativity from an old set of encyclopedias. At every turn he was presented with a compelling option to quit and yet he persevered. Today, he is a NASA astrophysicist, a global educator, and the author of a highly-anticipated upcoming memoir The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time where he recounts his journey from the streets to the stars. Dr. Oluseyi is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities.