Student creates media buzz

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016

DOCTORATE student Hafizah Noor Isa has become a centre of foreign media attraction when she and a group of scientists succeeded in proving Albert Einstein’s century-old gravitational wave theory, reported Berita Harian.

Hafizah, 29, who is studying at Glasgow University in Britain, said the media has been hounding her after her name appeared in the list of 1004 scientists released on Thursday for proving the existence of gravitational wave.

Based on his theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein had in 1916 hypothesised that gravitational waves transport energy as gravitational radiation.

Hafizah is part of the team of scientists who completed the paper on Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger.

The finding even attracted the attention of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking who went on BBC to say it proved the existence of gravitational wave as predicted by Einstein.

Hafizah, who went to a secondary school in Machang, Kelantan, obtained her first degree and masters from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia before continuing her studies abroad.

Hafizah was involved in GEO600 experiment seeking gravitational radiation from astrophysics source.

Hafizah hoped her success would inspire other young scientists to study the universe.

“I hope the Malaysian Govern­ment would continue offering scholarships to talented Malaysian students,” she was quoted as saying to BBC.

>A 13-year-old orphan skipped school for two months to take care of his sick foster mother, reported Harian Metro.

Mohd Hazarul Haswad Abdul Rahman said he had to take care of his foster mother Rohani Mahmood, 48, who was warded at Tanah Merah Hospital because of diabetic complications.

“It is my responsibility to take care of her,” said Mohd Hazarul who regarded Rohani as his real mother.

“If I go to school who is going to take care of her? Ummi (mother)’s relatives are not staying nearby,” he was quoted as saying.

Hazrul, a tahfiz student in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, said he did not mind sacrificing his studies to take care of Rohani as she had been bedridden and unable to bathe and feed herself. Rohani’s husband died seven years ago.

Hazrul was grateful to Rohani as she had taken care of him since he was a baby, as his mother died during childbirth and his father died in an accident when he was still young.

“I have no one on this earth other than my ummi (Rohani) and her sister,” he said.

> Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item. 

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