I feel your pain. So much is due to your own placement.
In watching those John Ellis lectures at one point he mentioned young Russian undergrads, 19-20 yrs old, who didn’t get the recognition they deserved because the higher ups thought nothing that good could come out of someone so young.
Same age + rank prejudice happens today in every field. Too young, too old, not an official – many barriers, not enough of the right ears listening broadly and specifically for the signal.