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9-Year-Old Genius Will Be Youngest Kid To Get A College Degree And Hopefully Save Humanity (But No Pressure)

Laurent Simons, a 9-year-old child prodigy, is set to become the youngest child ever to earn a bachelor’s degree. Simons, who is from the Netherlands, is expected to finish his electrical engineering studies this December.

“People are saying Laurent could be the new Einstein or Newton,” his father said in a recent interview.

 

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Simons entered secondary school (AKA high school, for folks in the U.S.) at six when his IQ was measured at 145 and finished in just two years before moving on to college at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE) in the Netherlands.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” Sjoerd Hulshof, who leads TUE’s electrical engineering program told CNN. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

 

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Simons isn’t all about school, though. He likes to hang out with his dog Sammy and kill time on his phone, just like any other kid his age. He’s even planning to take a post-grad vacay in Japan.

 

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Once he graduates from college and takes a break, he may move on to earning a PhD in electrical engineering—his favorite subject—while also studying “a bit of medicine,” according to CNN. The reason? He wants to create new artificial organs.

That’s great news for those of us who destroyed our livers during four years of college.

Masha Fante

Written by Masha Fante