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How do you think, what is the best age for becoming a student? Various educational institutions around the world have set their own minimum age requirement. To enter most of the universities, an applicant should be at least 18 years old. But are there any exceptions?
You might not believe at first, but there are many cases when people received a degree before reaching their adulthood. Their stories may be inspiring for those seeking a perfect study destination or choosing right subject areas. Have a look at the list below of the youngest students ever.
- Jeremy Shuler
This 12-year-old boy is considered to be the youngest student ever. From an early age, Jeremy impressed his parents with different achievements, for example, he learned the alphabet at 15 months, could read books in English and Korean at 21 months, was deeply immersed in math and science at the age of 10, and was very gifted and sociable as a kid. Jeremy Shuler is now an undergraduate at a prestigious Ivy League Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York.
- Karl Witte
Karl Witte, born in 1800, is known in history as the youngest person ever to achieve a doctorate degree. Born to the educational author, Karl could speak five languages at the age of nine and proved to be a talented and wise kid.
He received a doctorate degree in Philosophy at the University of Giessen when he was only 13 years old and was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
Although he was born two centuries ago, since then there was no person to beat his record.
- Kim Ung-Yong
Kim Ung-Yong (born March 8, in 1962) was the only child who spent 10 years working at NASA. When he was three years old, Kim received an offer to study at the university, and a few years later was invited to NASA. At the age of 15, this boy got a PhD and gained a status of a child prodigy in his community.
Moreover, Kim was also listed in the famous Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ"; the authors gave the boy's score as about 210.
- Balamurali Ambati
Balamurali Ambati is a prominent Indian-American academic and ophthalmologist. Since he was a child, Balamurati has gained many achievements, for instance, he was good at calculus, co-authored a research book when he was 11, graduated from the New York University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the age of 13 and 17 respectively, and soon became the youngest doctor in the world.
- Ruth Lawrence
By the time she was 17, Ruth Lawrence has made big successes in the world of education. At the age of 13, she graduated from Oxford University with honors and very soon got a PhD in physics and another one in Mathematics. Although Ruth obtained a position of an associate professor at the University of Michigan, she then moved to Israel to work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Sho Yano
Sho Yano (Sho Timothy Yano, was born in 1990, in Portland) has an estimated IQ of 200. He was so gifted enough that before reaching the adulthood, he changed several educational establishments.
Firstly, Sho entered college when he was just 9 years old, and soon he received a degree at Chicago’s Loyola University.
After a relatively short period of time, Yano achieved a doctorate degree from the University Chicago, and MD in the same place by the time he was 21.
- Charles Homer Haskins
Charles Homer Haskins is a famous person in the USA thanks to his academic and military achievements. At the age of 19, Charles graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Then, he became a professor at Wisconsin University, and later at Harvard University, which made him the first medieval historian in the US.
Charles became a military soldier at the beginning of World War I, and also presented the US delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.
- Akshay Venkatesh
Was born on 21 November, 1981, an Indian Australian mathematician. There are many arguments to confirm the fact that Akshay Venkatesh is thought to be one of the youngest students ever. When he was 11 years old, he distinguished himself at the International Physics Olympiad in Virginia, and soon win two medals in mathematics.
Two years later, he finished school, later graduated from the University of Western Australia, and soon received a PhD from Princeton University, proving to be a very successful student.