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Matthias Raives
California Institute of Technology


I was born in 1993 in San Rafael, CA   just north of San Francisco.  For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with all aspects of science, but none as much as astronomy.  However, my interest in astronomy remained relatively stagnant until the 8th grade, when I read Death by Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Since then, I have become fascinated with theoretical physics, astrophysics, and cosmology The Elegant Universe and A Brief History of Time are among my favorite non fiction books.  This fall, I will begin my studies in astrophysics at Caltech.  From there, I plan to get a PhD in astrophysics and become a professor.