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9-year-old genius is set to graduate university

Posted on Tuesday, 19 November, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

This is one smart kid. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Ecole polytechnique Universite Paris-Saclay
Laurent Simons is about to become one of the youngest people in history to earn themselves a university degree.
At a glance, the unassuming nine-year-old, who hails from Belgium, might seem like any other child his age. He enjoys playing Fortnite, watches shows on Netflix and uploads pictures to Instagram.

There is one major difference however - Simons is so far ahead of his peers that he has not only finished school but is even about to complete a university degree in electrical engineering.

Even more incredible is that he will have completed the three-year course in just ten months.

Born in Ostende, Belgium, Simons started school at the age of four, went to high school at the age of six and attended university at the age of eight.

To earn his degree, all he needs to do is finish his final project involving a brain-connected electrical chip by the end of December - something that he is very likely to achieve.
The secret to his genius seems to be his ability to quickly absorb large amounts of information.

"Laurent's absorption capacity is very high, which means that everything goes much faster, and we can cover a lot more material in a short span of time," said his mentor, Prof Peter Baltus.

In the future (i.e. from next year), he is aiming to study medicine, earn a PhD and then go on to develop artificial hearts and other organs.

At the rate he's going, he will have completed a lifetime of education before most children his age have even left elementary school.

It will certainly be interesting to see what he manages to achieve in the future.

Source: Independent | Comments (9)

Tags: Laurent Simons, Genius

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by and then on 14 November, 2019, 16:15
He may be a genius but he still has a LOT to learn.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado on 14 November, 2019, 16:24
Could be worse, he coulda said Florida.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Desertrat56 on 14 November, 2019, 16:34
Who would do that?  What large, high prestige university is in Florida?  And everyone knows it is going to float away into the ocean any day now, what's left after the sink holes.
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword on 14 November, 2019, 16:38
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 on 14 November, 2019, 16:41
Maybe he has been watching the television show Big Bang Theory
Comment icon #6 Posted by AllPossible on 20 November, 2019, 1:59
Im amazed at these genius kids. Very smart people always struggle while a kid not in the double digits doesnt even worry. Amazing. Good for him. We need peoplw like him
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 20 November, 2019, 8:08
I hope for the best, but a lot of these 'child geniuses' burn themselves out and become very mediocre, jaded adults. That's one reason why you never hear about them doing amazing things decades later. Many very knowledgeable people (child psychologists, teachers, developmental experts, etc.) also say that forcing a kid through college too soon is really bad for them developmentally. All the pressure, none of the time to learn basic stuff like how to be a proper human, socially interact, etc. I know that if i had a kid, I would not push them through school like that. No matter how smart, they s... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by SultryPine on 20 November, 2019, 14:05
He Will blow his brains out when he reaches pubety and realizes everyone else are gold fish.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog on 22 November, 2019, 13:08
Cool that he's a genius, sad that he lost his childhood...

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