The poor young man born in 9X year with dream at NASA
Updated : 2/22/2021 7:30:00 AM (GMT+0700)

Growing up in poverty without a house, Mr Le Ngoc Tram, his mother and younger sister had to stay at the houses of his grandmother while his aunt and he lived on a small grocery store. However, the man from Hoa Tri commune, Phu Hoa district has never stopped his dream of conquering science.

Leaders of the province, Phu Hoa district, the provincial Party Committee Office and the Department of Education and Training having a dialogue, congratulating and encouraging Mr Le Ngoc Tram over the phone

With endless efforts, Mr Tram overcame numerous difficulties, pursuing his passion in astrophysics and became one of the few Vietnamese people accepted as postdoctoral research (postdoc) at the U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

This is the second year Tram's family has welcomed a new year in a spacious house in ward 9, Tuy Hoa city. This house is not only a place to avoid sun and rain, but also a lifelong dream of Tram's mother. After half of her life in poverty, Mrs. Ma Thi Kieu had to do many jobs to make a living and raise her two children, she has never thought of the day when her family would have their own house.

For several years, my mother and I had to welcome New Year's Eve on the street because we had to deliver beer to restaurants. Hearing the explosion of fireworks glowing in the sky, I just knew that the new year came. Since then, I have come to appreciate the value for money and silent sacrifices of my mother. My mother's desire to have a house is also the motivation for me to keep trying. And finally, after numerous years of saving, in August 2019, I also had money to support my mother to buy land and build a house.

Currently, he is doing postdoctoral research of the SOFIA project at the AMES Research Center of NASA, USA. In order to have this position, he had suffered a journey full of effort and achieved numerous outstanding achievements. He is a former student of the 2005-2008 quality class of Duy Tan high school (Tuy Hoa City). After graduating from high school, because of his passion for astronomy and desire to reduce burden of his family, he chose to study Physics Pedagogy, Quy Nhon university. In 4 years of university, he was always a good student, winning a silver medal and a consolation prize at the National Student Physics Olympiad.

Desiring to pursue the scientific dream, he continued to study a master's degree in Astrophysics at the Faculty of Space and Application, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH). Thanks to his excellence results, he has consistently won USTH scholarships. He shared, "When I was a student, I enjoyed the advice of Dr. Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong that: You should get out of the village. I always consider it as a reminder to constantly strive”.

In 2018, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis in France and then received an invitation to work with Associate Professor Hoang Chi Thiem at the Korea Astronomy and Space Institute (KASI). The results of the thesis were published in Nature Astronomy, one of the largest scientific journals in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.

On the morning of February 17th, the first day back to work after Tan Suu Lunar New Year holiday in 2021, knowing about Mr. Tram through a newspaper, admiring  his determination to overcome difficulties and his passion for science of a man born in 1990, Comrade Pham Dai Duong, Commissioner of the Central Party Committee, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and other leaders of the province,  Phu Hoa district and Department of Education and Training visited and gave wish of Tet to Mr. Tram family in the afternoon of the same day.

Comrade Pham Dai Duong shared, “I am deeply moved when knowing that Mr. Tram grows up in a difficult situation, but he has constantly tried his best to conquer the science dream. Tram's success is not only the joy of his family and clan but also the pride of Phu Yen people and a shining example of science and technology for young people to follow. The examples like Le Ngoc Tram and Pham Ngoc Duy Liem... will arouse aspirations of science and technology for young people. Their images show that if Phu Yen children have good conditions, they will achieve a lot of success, making their homeland glory”.

From the US, when Mr Tram heard that the provincial leaders visited his family and especially after being connected via the internet to meet and talk with the provincial leaders, he happily shared: “This is a great encouragement for me and my family. I think that where I live and work is not important, but the most important thing of all is what I will do to help and contribute to the homeland.

Currently, I am cooperating and working with Vietnamese students, inspiring them with scientific inspiration and arousing dreams of contributing to the community as well as building a prosperous and powerful Vietnam".

Source: Phu Yen Newspaper

Translated by KHUONG THAO

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