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Growing up, Deborah Berebichez ’96 was told she thought too much and asked too many questions

Deborah Berebichez ’96 was the first woman from Mexico to earn a PhD in physics from Stanford. Photo by Mike Lovett

You think too much. You ask too many questions. Stop fighting against what has always been.

Growing up female in a Jewish family in Mexico City, Deborah Berebichez ’96 was told this. A lot. Yet she went on to become the first woman from Mexico to earn a PhD in physics from Stanford.

Today, she’s the chief data scientist at Metis, an innovative career accelerator for data-science students and professionals. For six years in a row, she’s been at the top of Future-ish’s “Stylish Scientists” list. She appears regularly on TV and the internet, explaining physics in layman’s terms on the Science Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science,” on other cable shows, on social media, at TED Talks.

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Date: January 24, 2017