Sho Yano from Chicago was such a child prodigy that he was admitted to Loyola University at the age of nine. That's right, nine. He went on to graduate summa *** laude when he was twelve and earned his PhD molecular genetics and cell biology by the time he was eighteen. Now a pediatric neurology doctor at the University of Chicago Medical Center, he has completed the process of becoming the real life Doogie Howser, and so we should look forward to him hosting the Oscars in another 25 years.
What were you doing when you were five years old? I think the biggest thing I had going on was I got to go to the Ninja Turtles' Coming Out of Their Shells tour.
Well, when Ayan Qureshi was five, this Pakistani-born wunderkind had just become the youngest person ever to pass the Microsoft Certified Professional exam. Now seven, he spends his days building his own computer network, running an IT website, and, if there's time, watching Blue's Clues.
Sierra Leone's Kelvin Doe may be the coolest kid we have ever seen. Growing up poor, he's a mechanical genius who managed to figure out how to build generators and transmitters from scrap metal. The best part is that, at the age of thirteen, Kelvin built his own radio station! Now, he broadcasts news and music under the name "DJ Focus," and recently signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Sierra WiFi.
Aelita Andre had her first solo painting exhibition in New York City when she was just four years old, and has sold works for upwards of $24,000. So take a good, long look, America... Because this eight-year-old has managed to do something previously thought impossible: successfully pursue a career as an artist.
Don't you hate younger siblings and how they're always copying you? We can only imagine that's how Tanishq Abraham felt when, after he was admitted to Mensa at the age of four, his sister Tiara had to go and also apply to Mensa. And guess what? She got in, too. Today, they hold the record for the youngest siblings ever admitted to the elite club of geniuses, and probably also the record for most food fights in the hallowed Mensa cafeteria.
Comparing Jacob Barnett (who is only seventeen years old) to Albert Einstein may sound a bit rash, but trust me, don't underestimate this kid. Jacob is a certified math genius, he has already earned his masters degree, and his IQ is already technically higher than the big man's.
If you think the comparison is still unearned, just wait a few years, because Jacob is currently working on disproving certain aspects of the Theory of Relativity. Einstein, this kid's coming for ya.
At the age of twelve, Tavi Gevinson started the fashion blog Style Rookie, which soon drew over 30,000 readers per day. For most people, that would be enough to finalize a career path, but Tavi isn't most people. Three years after starting her blog, she shut it down and decided to pursue acting instead. Many would consider that a dumb decision, but it seems to have worked out for Tavi, as just last year she starred on Broadway in This is Our Youth, opposite Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin.
This little kid from Milwaukee, Awonder Liang, is the youngest person in the history of the US to earn an expert chess rating. Since then, he's been knocking off international masters and grandmasters like it's going out of style. With skills like that, it's "Awonder" why anyone would be foolish enough to agree to play against this little guy.
Cancer is a tough disease to beat, especially when you consider that 85% of cancers are diagnosed late, and preliminary blood work can take weeks to analyze. In short, time is precious, and so fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka from Crownsville, MD invented a device to cheaply detect early forms of pancreatic cancer within a few minutes. It was a breakthrough significant enough to win Jack a $75,000 grand prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, as well as instant scientific acclaim.
I know, I know, with a name like "The Winner Twins," you so want to hate them. But, check this out: These two girls together wrote an 80,000 word sci-fi novel in their bedroom when they were only twelve-years-old. After that got published, they've written four more books and traveled coast-to-coast lecturing on the creative process. These girls definitely live up to their name. Imagine how different their life would be if they were "The Loser Twins"?
12. Priyanshi Somani - 11-Year-Old Human Calculator
"Mental calculation" is the process of performing advanced math without the use of any machines or even a pencil and paper. Every two years, Germany hosts the Mental Calculation World Cup, where the planet's best math geniuses converge to test their skills. When 11-year-old Priyanshi Somani entered the competition, we imagine there might have been a few chuckles. Nobody was laughing, though, when she went on to take first place with the only flawless performance in the history of the event. Sounds like the perfect person to take with you next time you need to split the bill at a diner.
Out in Dever there's a sixteen-year-old kid named Santiago who's been developing and programming iOS apps for the past seven years. To date, he's created over fifteen apps and many hail him as the next Steve Jobs. But how well will Santiago be able to rock a black turtleneck?
The chemisty O-Level exams are meant to be taken by only the brightest sixteen-year-olds. Ainan Cawley passed them when he was seven. A year later, he enrolled at Singapore Polytechnic, their youngest student ever. When asked how he trained his son to be such a genius, Ainan's father said, bluntly, that he never regimented the kid's training at all. So, there you have it, people. The way to make your child a genius: Never teach them.
At the age of eight, little Minnesotan girl Abbey Fleck knew what America wanted: bacon. Specifically, we wanted a way to cook bacon in the microwave without making a sopping, greasy mess. So, she invented a microwavable plate called Makin' Bacon and sold it for millions.
Can you imagine how far along our society would be if we encouraged more kids to enter the field of bacon sciences? The mind reels.
Hey, remember how awful high school was? Well, Bangladeshi-born Sunny Sanway must have really hated it, because he completed a four-year high school course load in a matter of only eight months! At sixteen, he was admitted to the University of Kansas, where he graduated two years later. Now, as an elderly 26-year-old man, Sunny is one of Bangladesh's leading pioneers in clean energy solutions.
Interestingly enough, while he was attending college in his teens, Sunny was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Those must have been some awkward parties, huh?
Boy genius Taylor Wilson was always interested in science. In fact, at the age of just ten, he managed to build a bomb, and at age fourteen he became the youngest person ever to produce nuclear fusion.
Um, guys, do you want a Superman villain? Because this is how you get Superman villains.
Gregory R. Smith, bowl cut and all, was admitted to the University of Virginia when he was ten years old. Two years after that, Gregory was on the floor of the United nations, giving a speech on global humanitarianism, which led to Smith's first nomination of a Nobel Peace Prize. Why did I need to specify "first"? Because he's since been nominated three more times for the Nobel Peace Prize!
So, this kid's sounds great and all, but who would win in a game of Mario Kart?! Yeah, you're right... Probably him.
In the year 2000, at the age of seven, Akrit Jaswal performed his first surgical procedure to treat a (very brave) neighbor that couldn't afford to go to a licensed doctor. Since then, Akrit's been studying medicine and oncology in his home country of India and hopes to find a cure for cancer. As of yet, however, he has not come up with a cure for envy.
This kid, Tristan Pang, was accepted at the age of twelve to study quantum physics at the University of Aukland. And if that's not enough, he also developed his own free online learning platform, which you can find at TristansLearningHub.org, in the same year.