Remember when you were five? Did you know how to compose your own hit songs? Or solve mathematical equations beyond your years? There have been many geniuses in the world, some even from your own country! Read this article and be amazed at the ten most famous child prodigies. Do note however, that this list is in no particular order and does not claim to put one prodigy over another. Each is unique and especially talented in his or her own way and must be individually appreciated and not compared with each other.
Akrit Jaswal was born in April 1993 in Himachal Pradesh. He started walking and talking by the time he was ten months old. Like most child prodigies, he showed exceptional language proficiency skills by age two. He was reading the works of Shakespeare by the age of five. Akrit has the highest IQ of any boy in India, with 146 IQ points. He became famous at the age of seven when he operated on a shepherd’s daughter and successfully separated her fingers from each other. The girl’s hand had been burnt as an infant and her fingers had been fused together into a ball.
With this operation, Akrit came to be known as the youngest surgeon in India. By the time he turned 12, he was enrolled for a science degree at Chandigarh College University in Punjab and became the youngest student to be accepted by an Indian University. His main focus is on finding a cure for cancer, an objective he has been continuously working towards his entire life.
Kim Ung-yong was born on March 8, 1962 in South Korea. He holds the Guinness World Record for the Highest IQ with an IQ of 210. He was a child prodigy and is considered the most intelligent man alive today. At the tender age of three, he joined university as a physic student. At the age of three, Kim began taking courses as a guest student in Hanyang University in South Korea. When he turned seven, NASA invited Kim to the United States to study. He was proficient in several languages including Korean, English, Japanese, and German by his second birthday and even started writing books of essays and poetry. At the age of five, Kim was able to solve differential equations and complex calculus problems.
Gregory Smith was born in 1990 and started reading at the precocious age of two. By the time he was fourteen months old, he was able to memorize and recite all the books he read. Gregory was enrolled in University at the age of ten and soon became the youngest person to graduate with a Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia. In addition to his genius intelligence, Gregory was also a social activist who travels around the world fighting for peace and children’s rights. He founded an organization called the International Youth Advocates in this endeavour and his efforts were recognised when he was awarded the Nobel Prize at the age of twelve.
Taylor Wilson was born on May 7, 1994 in Arkansas, USA. He is considered one of the most intelligent people today. He started working in the field of Nuclear Science at the age of ten and at the age of fourteen, he became the youngest individual to create a Nuclear Fusion using a fusor. In 2012, Taylor was awarded a 100,000 dollar fellowship known as the Thiel Fellowship. In the same year, he gave a TED talk about the building of his fusion reactor. Taylor has been offered federal funding by the US Department of Homeland Security as he has built Cherenkov radiation detectors costing only a few hundred dollars when they are actually priced at several thousand dollars. He has also presented his work to ex American President Barack Obama in 2012, an honour for a person of his age.
Priyanshi Somani was born on November 16, 1998 in Gujarat, India. She was the youngest to participate in the Mental Calculation World Cup in 2010 and won, setting a world record. She is the only known participant to have scored a hundred percent in all categories of the competition- addition, multiplication, and square root- across all five Mental Calculation World Cups. Her name is in the Guinness Book of World Records as well as the Limca Book of World Records. In addition, she was also declared the winner of Pogo Amazing Kids Award n the Genius category, also in 2010.
Aelita Andre was born on January 9th, 2007 in Australia. She began professionally painting when she was only nine months old and by the age of two, had her first solo exhibition in Australia. She is an internationally recognise artist today and her galleries around the world are known to sell out very fast. Her art is spontaneous and creative and stems from her imagination, with no structure as such. Her bright splashes of colour are sometimes accompanied by childish objects like plastic dinosaurs, butterflies, and penguins. Her art is considered to be abstract and follows the Surrealist painting style. She has a wide fan following and recognition from all around the world and is considered the youngest painter in the world today.
Nicole Barr is one of the most recently discovered child prodigies. She lives in Harlow, Essex but belongs to a group of travellers who are known as the Roma Gypsy community. When she took the Mensa IQ test with her father, her results shocked everyone. At the age of only twelve, her IQ stands at 162 points. She has since been compared to geniuses like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein having beaten both of their scores by two pints. She is considered to be in the top one percent of intelligent human beings in the world. She aims to study to be a paediatrician.
Cleopatra Stratan was born on October 6, 2002 in Moldova. She became famous at the age of three when her album La versta de trei ani became a commercial success. She holds several world records for being the youngest artist to have a number one hit in a country, the youngest artist to win an MTV award, and the highest paid young artist. She receives approximately one thousand euros per song. She is also well known for giving a two hour long live performance at a very young age.
Saul Aaron Kripke
Saul Kripke is one of the most intelligent people to have walked this Earth. He has several accomplishments to his name. He was born on November 13, 1940 and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. His list of accomplishments began at the age of six when and was labelled a child prodigy. By this young age, he had managed to teach himself Ancient Hebrew. Following this, he finished reading all of Shakespeare’s works by the time he was nine and learnt the works of famous philosopher Renee Descartes and complex mathematical theorems by the time he finished elementary school.
At the age of eighteen, he enrolled in Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics. In addition, Kripke also had a theorem in logic published when he was eighteen and in his second year at Harvard even taught a graduate level course on logic in MIT. After this paper and before he joined university, Kripke was invited by Harvard to join as a teacher without even having completed his education.
Kripke was recognised and awarded the Schock Prize and is considered the world’s greatest philosopher today.
Michael Kevin Kearney
Diagnosed with ADHD at a very young age, Michael Kearney went on to become one of the most intelligent young boys this world has ever seen. He started speaking at four months and by the time he was four, he achieved a perfect score on the diagnostic test for the John Hopkins Math Program. He reived his first bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at the age of ten. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Youngest University Graduate. By the time he turned twenty-one, he had four undergraduate degrees and only a year later, he completed a doctorate in Chemistry. In 2006, he won one million dollars on the Mark Burnett puzzle game known as Gold Rush and became the first million dollar winner in the online reality game.
The world is full of several supremely intelligent people, some on the verge of the next biggest discovery. This article is only a list of a few. Go exploring and you will definitely be astounded by the amount of talent and genius surrounding you!