“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” –Joan of Arc
In 2012, I had the honor and the privilege to learn about Mariam Sultana, the first woman in Pakistan to be awarded a Ph.D. degree in astrophysics. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I was able to contact her and obtain permission for an exclusive interview, for which I solicited questions for her from all over the globe.
What I found in the course of the interview -- and in the aftermath -- was not merely someone with an amazing story who achieved great things, nor merely someone who did good work that they loved. I found what turned out to be a remarkable person, and one that I'm glad to be in contact with three years later.