A young South African man, Cebo Ngwetsheni, reached new heights after he published a paper in one of the world's leading scientific journals.
A PhD student at the University of the Western Cape, is the first author of a paper published in Physics Letters.
The journal is famous for publishing groundbreaking scientific papers, including the "God particle".
The Sowetan reported Ngwetsheni's paper is titled "Continuing influence of shell effects at high-excitation energies".
The abstract begins: "Empirical drops in ground-state nuclear polarisabilities indicate deviations from the effect of giant dipole resonances and may reveal the presence of shell effects in semi-magic nuclei with neutron magic numbers N=50, 82 and 126."
Ngwetsheni has been excelling in his field but he was not always set on becoming a nuclear physicist.
He had always known he wanted to pursue a career in either science or engineering, Briefly.co.za gathered.
However, it was not until his third year that he realised he had a passion for nuclear physics.
He said, "getting to research deeper into the core of matter was quite interesting, and I found I understood it better than other subjects - and wanted to understand it even better."
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