How To Invent Or How Much Light Coffee Absorbs
Atthe age of 14, I made my first invention, starting off with nothing less than sensors for high field spectroscopy. At age 15 I developed the first method worldwide to calculate when hair turns grey, at age 17developed the first method worldwide to predict the calculation of tumor cells and got offered my PhD.
When I look back it was tough to work out all the things that in the end made a great invention but it is not as hard as many people think. It is rather easy to do I believe, you just need the right thinking.
Here’s my story on how I did it.
Let me say it this way: Inventing a new technology is not easy. It requires the ability to enjoy pain and the mind set to still keep going.
Inventing is rather gambling than actual science — if you want to make great inventions.
Edison, Tesla and many others were workoholics because they had to be aware of many things at the same time and process them individually to then connect them later. I started my career at the Free University Berlin in Germany at age 14. The university allowed me to do research in a prestigious research community that gave me access to many fields of science. In order to invent, you must be fascinated with what you do and don’t be scared to try out things that others tell you will not work. Coming up with crazy ideas is not as easy as it sounds.
At that time I had access to the faculty’s library and was allowed to basically use any machine I wanted in any of the labs, but some only for a limited amount of time which made “trying around” rather difficult.
I started investing my time and reading and looking around in the faculties. I got interested in high field spectroscopy, especially ESR and NMR spectroscopy which later became my field of research.
Inventing is often connected to a huge amount of luck and the ability to listen and understand. One day I sat in the community room of the lab and ate, as a tall guy with light hair euphorically ran into the room and shouted to the guy sitting next to me “hahah you will not believe what I just found out — coffee gives a signal in that machine.”
What he basically did was testing with an ESR spectrometer how much light a coffee could absorb. He seemingly felt proud. And I just had an idea…
I figured that coffee gives a result, so why not other liquids or objects? The predominant matter researchers at my university worked on were proteins but I thought that was rather boring. So it started looking for other materials and came up with human hair because my classmate always complained how ugly her hair would look like.
At age 15 then I started measuring and succeeded at the first attempt…I always had to measure at late evening, so I ran some measurements and came up with the idea “why not develop a way to to figure out when hair turns great”. I started partnering up with several institutions from all over Germany and started measuring again. That’s when my success became apparent.
At the end of a three week research term, the fundamentals of my theory were laid out and I was ready to go for more. At that point I had the assumption backed by only a couple of measurements, that I could seriously develop a method that could predict when human hair turns grey. And, my assumption turned out to be true and won me several national and international awards for my research. But, I did not stop there. I wanted to go further and make a difference, so what was the biggest topic in terms of research I could think of? Cancer.
I felt that the entire cancer research globally was kind of stupid and started my own project connected to skin cancer. I had no idea how to grab the project because I did not know anything about cancer. What I did was, I started reading and reading and reading until my brain would melt so that I would some day understand what cancer was all about.
It took me about one year at that time living in the United States to understand the topic in its depth and instantly came up with a new idea. (And couldn’t believe researchers did not come up with it yet.) It was again about hair but this time about hair that grows through tumors. I again had an assumption that I somehow could predict in what paste the tumor cells could reproduce themselves but didnt take any measurements yet. As soon as I got my measurements in, I was astonished. My theory again worked out perfectly and gave me exactly the results I expected. Afterwards several institutions offered me to make my PhD (at age 17) but I kindly refused.
I later received the German National Environmental Price and several other national and international awards.
Now I am 18 years old and did not stop dreaming. Right now it is my dream to revolutionize our education system with one tablet company and two online education websites coming.
Inventing and being creative is not hard, just stay open minded and read as many books as you can.
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