When Napolean Hill said, “The Action is the real Measure of Intelligence”, he could not have been more correct. Though, many people over the period of centuries have shown exceptional intelligence, the gift has been sometimes lost or not used for its potential. An attempt, though over-reaching in nature, has been made to name the brightest Child Prodigies in the world. Not only are they geniuses, but their work–in words of Mr. Hill–already proving their intelligence in the truest form. Just to bring things in perspective, the combined IQ of all the people on this list comfortably crosses the mark of 1500! Here are some of the Child Prodigies of our time, waiting in their cocoon to burst forth onto the world stage to change it for the good!
- Akrit Jaswal
Akrit Jaswal or Ankit Pran Jaswal is an Indian scholar, who is well known for having performed an operation on a twelve-year-old child’s burnt hand at the age of seven. He is the youngest student to be admitted in Punjab University. He has enjoyed international fame and has even appeared on the Oprah-Winfrey Show. Akrit Jaswal has expressed deep interest in working for finding the cure for cancer. Who can not be amazed at the sheer brilliance and meaningful dreams of this young prodigy?
- March Tian Boedihardjo
A child prodigy from Hong kong, March Tian Boedihardjo is of Chinese-Indonesian descent. Born in 1998, March is sixteen years old and has an older brother who is also considered a genius. He lives in the United Kingdom, where he finished the A-level exams at the age of 9. He was the youngest student to be accepted in Hong Kong Baptist University. He took part in a collaborative research as a Visiting Scholar in the Texas A&M University, USA. With multiple graduate degrees under his belt, March Tian Boedihardjo is one of the brightest minds in the world today.
- Akim Camara
A fifteen-year-old Violinist Child Prodigy, Akim Camara is a savant. He started playing violin at the age of two. At the age of three, Akim Camara has already performed in Orchestral Studio and Concerts for over eighteen thousand people where he played the Ferdinand Kuchler’s concertino Opus 11 in G scale. Since then, Akim Camara has only appeared a few times in front of the public and has been diligently mastering the art form. Akim Camara is considered to be the greatest Musical Child Prodigy of our time and has performed with likes of Wolfgang Fischer and Richard Clayderman.
- Nicole Barr
The most recent found child prodigy in recent times, Nicole Barr is the girl who beat Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein by two points on the world famous Mensa IQ test. Scoring 162 points on the test, Nicole Barr has entered the club of world’s top one percent of intelligent folks. At the young age of twelve, Nicole Barr has shocked the world with her exceptional score. She is indeed a gem for the human race and just as she is being compared to Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein’s intellect, people are pouring in wishes for a tremendously amazing future.
- Arfa Karim
Arfa Karim, born Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa, was the youngest person to crack the prestigious Microsoft Certified Professional exam at the young age of nine. She held on to this record for four years, when two years after her death it was passed on to another person. She died at the young age of sixteen when she suffered a cardiac arrest due to a seizure. Regarded as one of the smartest persons in Pakistan and even represented her nation on many International Platforms such as TechEd Developers Conference. Prized with many awards, Arfa even has a science park named after her, known as Arfa Software Technology Park.
- Jacob Barnett
Born on May 26, 1998, Jacob Barnett or Jacob L Barnett is a famous American child prodigy. He has been suffering from autism since the age of two. At the young age of fifteen he is the youngest person to be admitted into Perimeter Scholars International, which is a Masters program offered by Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. After he completed his Master’s program, he listed himself as a doctoral student at the Perimeter Institute, Ontario. Jacob Barnett is considered to be one of the most intelligent child prodigies in the world.
- Aelita Andre
An Australian prodigy, Aelita Andre is an eight-year-old Abstract Artist who is extremely well known for her contribution to the Surrealist style of Painting. She has been publicly exhibiting her work since the age of two and had started painting at nine months of age. Her first solo exhibition, named A Prodigy of Color was inaugurated in Chelsea. Her second solo exhibition, Secret Universe, was also a huge success in Agora gallery, Chelsea. She is popularly referred as the Pee-wee Picasso. She is truly a gifted individual and an exceptional child.
- Priyanshi Somani
Priyanshi Somani is the sixteen-year-old girl from Gujrat, India who won the World Championship of Mental Calculation in 2010 as the youngest participant till date. With a hundred percent accuracy in all the fields, i.e. Addition, Multiplication, and Square Root, she became the only participant in the history to have achieved that. Her name has been added to Guinness Book of World Records. She has been named Indian Ambassador for the World Maths Day. These are just a few of her feats and achievements. She is considered to be a true genius and has been included in a Research Project in Stanford University.
- Tanishq Mathew Abraham
Born in California, the United States of America, Tanishq Mathew Abraham is a twelve-year-old child prodigy who became part of the Mensa International Society at the age of four. At the age of five, he completed the math curriculum offered by Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth in six months. He became a member of Phi Theta Kappa – Liberal Arts and Science Institution. He is one of the youngest speakers on the TEDx platform and has even spoken in the NASA Conference in the year 2012.
- Taylor Wilson
One of the most intelligent and highly acclaimed names on this list is that of Taylor Wilson. Entering the field of Nuclear Science at the age of ten, Taylor Wilson is the youngest ever person to be able to produce Nuclear Fusion using a fusor. A feat he achieved at the age of fourteen. He was awarded a fellowship of $100,000 known as Thiel Fellowship in 2012. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Energy has also offered federal research funding to the young physicist. He also presented his Nuclear Security work to Barack Obama in 2012. He is in all respect a true genius.
I am truly amazed and astounded by these children. They are inspiring and their work fill us with pride and hope for the world. These and others like them, are indeed the future of humanity. The very best of human kind!