December 8th, 2014
Throughout history there have been children who appear and are fantastically good at something. From art, to math, to science and beyond, child prodigies emerge and they either baffle us or inspire us by doing more in the few years they have been alive, then we have as adults. So, without further a due, I present my top five list of all-time child prodigies with a slight emphasis on science.
5- Maria Agnesi appears on the bottom of most child prodigy lists. Born in 1718 Milan, her father was an academic, which worked out well as during her childhood she would lecture his academic friends on topics like philosophy and mathematics. Her most important work as a child, which was published later in her life, was on calculus.
4 – Akrit Jaswal, a media darling around 2008, he was the youngest university student and surgeon in the history of India. He was already operating at the age of 7, and has said his goal is to cure cancer and re-create a dinosaur.
3 – Samuel Reshevsky, because you can’t talk about prodigies without having the scientific mind of a 12 year old chess grandmaster. At 8 years of age, this child who had never attended school, played against the world’s best in New York. He actually never became a pro as he later went to school and became an accountant. Despite that fact, he’s still a chess legend.
2 – Kim Ung-Yong had an IQ of 290 at the age of 3, which is probably why he started taking university classes around that time. Long before he was even high school age, Ung-Yong was a star in Asia for his math, language, and science skills. He even got a gig with NASA during his childhood.
1 – Blaise Pascal might often get overlooked in a modern world filled with young geniuses, but back in the 1600’s, he was no slouch. And the age of 12 he was already doing complex geometric proofs, by 16 he had is own theorem, and by 19 he developed one of the first calculators. Though later on he became even more famous for his work in philosophy, when it comes to math, Pascal made a big splash as a child.
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