The UNC professor was related to one of the most famous people in the world.

The obituary for Margaret Payne published in the Raleigh News & Observer tells the story of an accomplished, dedicated researcher and professor. Payne worked at the University of Kansas, the National Education Association, and the University of Missouri before taking up a research professorship at the University of North Carolina.

Though she never spoke about it with her friends or neighbors, Payne was the great-aunt of one of the most famous and powerful people in the world. According to the News & Observer, she met her great-nephew for the first time during a family trip to Hawaii in the early 1970s, before he was even a teenager.

Think you know who Payne's nephew is? Read her full obituary to find out and go to the Charlotte Observer to learn more about Margaret Payne and her famous kin.