We all have those moments in life when we feel far from the class Einstein, but let’s take a moment to feel for the kids that had to share a classroom with these geniuses.
Michael Kevin Kearney
So you may be the first in your family to head off to university and earn yourself a BSc business management degree, but Mr Kearney here is about to put you to shame. At age 10, Kearney became the youngest university graduate and earned himself a bachelor degree in Anthropology from the University of South Alabama, but he didn’t stop there. Kearney went on to earn himself several more degrees before becoming a college professor aged 17 – know it all.
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Promethea Olympia Kyrene Pythaitha
Think 10 is a bit old to be considered a child? Then our next genius might just stop you in your tracks. Little Promethea was actually reading at age one – yes, one! Going on to prove that reading does make you smarter, she then went onto complete work for a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 13, and – before you ask – it was in mathematics, not literature.
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Not feeling stupid enough yet? Then how about Kim Ung-Yong, who was taking courses as a guest physics student at the age of three. By the age of 15 he had a PhD in physics – put that in your pipe and smoke it Sheldon Cooper (who received his first fictional PhD at the age of 16, F.Y.I).
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Maths and science may all be well and good, but what about the musical child geniuses that we can listen to in awe whilst revising for that full time HR degree? At the age of five, Sarah Chang auditioned for Julliard and was accepted on her performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. But I bet she can’t play a violin one-handed – ha!
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Now for some even more delicate work as Akrit Jaswal takes the title of the youngest surgeon. Having first performed surgery at the age of seven, Jaswal is also the youngest to be invited to medical school at age 12. Now working on a cure for cancer, his surgical debut came when he operated on an eight-year-old whose family couldn’t afford the medical bill in India.
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Gregory R. Smith
Earning degrees and operating on people is all just a part of the job for these geniuses, but how about some recognition? Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize at age 12, Gregory R. Smith stands as the youngest person to have been nominated. Since then, poor little Greg has been nominated 3 times but has been beaten to the punch each time.
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Robert James “Bobby” Fischer
Finally, we turn to the sport that separates the child genius from the child has-been – young Bobby Fischer secured the title of the youngest chess grandmaster at the age of 15. Personally, I think we’d all rather stick to Ring of Fire or give Phoebe and Joey’s way a go, and leave chess up to the geniuses.
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