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Yichen Shi

BHI Graduate Student Alum; Postdoctoral Writer


I have lived in nine countries, travelled to over seventy, and recently moved with my husband and one-year-old son from Sweden/Pakistan to Stamford, CT, USA. It is my goal to connect people around the world by telling stories from different cultures.

I write as Shi Naseer. My first novel, The Cry of the Silkworm, is forthcoming first in the UK and Commonwealth countries in June 2024 with Atlantic Books/Allen&Unwin. It is both a coming-of-age story and a revenge story, about a grief-stricken young girl in turn-of-the-century China, and reveals the devastating consequences of the one-child policy. I am represented by Deborah Schneider of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.

I hold a PhD in theoretical physics from Harvard University. My thesis, Analytical Steps Towards the Observation of High-Spin Black Holes, was written under the supervision of Prof. Andy Strominger. 

Honorary Affiliate: Stephen Hawking

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Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge Physics

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