The term “child prodigy” is generally defined as a child who is extraordinarily talented at something that usually only adults can do. There are numerous child prodigies with exceptional talents with which they have already captured the world’s attention. So, to inspire and motivate you, here is a list of top twelve most amazing child prodigies with distinctive talent:
12) Priyanshi Somani (The Human Calculator)
Born on 16 November 1998, Priyanshi Somani started learning mental maths at the tender age of six. She performs mental maths calculations faster than an electronic calculator. In 2010, when she was just eleven years old, she became the youngest participator of the Mental Calculation World Cup. Not only did she win the title that year, she is by far the only participant who has a hundred percent accuracy in Addition, Multiplication, and Square Root in all five Mental Calculation World Cups. She has won several awards and titles, and her notable achievements include the Pogo Amazing Kids Awards 2010 (under genius category), Limca Book of World Records as well as the Guiness Book of World Records.
11) Ethan Bortnick (Actor and Musician)
Ethan Bortnick, born on December 24, 2000, is already a pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, actor, musician, entertainer and philanthropist. He was just three years old when he started playing keyboards, and five when he started creating his own compositions. By the age of six, he had already raised twelve million dollars for Miami Children’s Hospital. As a philanthropist he has performed for several charities too, sharing the stage with prominent artists like Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban, etc. At nine, he became the youngest artist to have his own national PBS Concert Special. He is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest musician to headline his own tour at ten.
10) Saul Kripke (Philosopher and Genius Logician)
Saul Kripke is considered to be the world’s most renowned philosopher. He discovered algebra in the fourth grade, and by the end of grammar school, mastered geometry and calculus, and then took up philosophy. When he was still in his teenage years, he wrote a series of papers which transformed the study of modal logic, after which Harvard offered him a job as a teacher while he was still in high school. He declined the job, because his mother wanted him to finish high school and go to college first. After finishing high school he eventually went to Harvard.
9) Aelita Andre (Painter)
Aelita Andre is an art prodigy known for her surreal paintings, who began to paint when she was just nine months old. Recognized as the youngest painter in the world, her work was displayed in a group exhibition shortly after she turned two. She had her first solo exhibition at the age of four, and her first sell out at five. She has displayed her work in sold-out galleries in New York, Italy and Hong-Kong, and has performed live in front of more than twenty thousand people. She has been featured in Forbes Magazine, and and interviewed by Good Morning America, CBS, NBC, BBC and TheWashington Post. She is compared to the world’s greatest artists like Pollock and Picasso(who is also a child prodigy), and her paintings are in great demand all over the world by some of the top collectors and museums.
8) Fabiano Luigi Caruana (Grand Master of Chess)
Fabiano Luigi Caruana is the official United States National Chess Champion and the second highest ranked player in the world. He started playing Chess at the age of five, and traveled internationally to compete in tournaments when he was twelve. At fourteen, he became the youngest Grand Master in the history of US and Italy and on October 1, 2014, reached an official international rating 2844, becoming the the third highest rated player in history.
7) Cleopatra Stratan (Singer)
Cleopatra Stratan is the youngest person ever to achieve commercial success with her 2006 album La vârsta de trei ani, at the age of three. She sang lead on her first recording when she was just three years old, and became the youngest artist to have a number one hit in any country with her single “Ghita”. She is the descendant of the ancient Egypt queen Cleopatra, and the youngest artist to record an album, youngest singer to receive an MTV award and highest paid young artist ever.
6) Elaina Smith (Agony Aunt)
Elaina Smith was seven years old when she became Britain’s youngest Agony Aunt. She was offered the job by her local radio station after she rang and advised a woman who had been dumped. Elaina’s tip (“to go bowling with pals and drink a mug of milk”) was so good, she bagged a weekly slot and now advises thousands of adult listeners. We, as adults are sometimes incapable of solving problems, but this little advisor tackles problems like how to dump boyfriends, how to deal with smelly brothers and how to cope up with relationships.
5) Kim Ung-Yong (Child Prodigy with highest IQ)
Kim Ung-Yong, born on March7,1962, was a genius and a former child prodigy with an IQ greater than Einstein’s. He holds the Guinness Book Record of having the highest IQ of 210, whereas Einstein’s was 160. He was just six months old when he started speaking and by the age of three, read four different languages. At ten, he was able to read ten languages. By the time he was fifteen, he had a PhD in Physics and and a doctorate in engineering as well. He was a researcher at NASA in his teens. He eventually began teaching students.
4) Akim Camara (Violinist)
Akim Camara, born on September 20, 2000, is a violinist child prodigy who began playing violin when he was just two years old. He then started taking lessons professionally and within six months, performed live in front of a large audience at a Christmas Concert. He eventually performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Radio City Music Hall in New York. He once shared the stage with the world famous violinist Andre Rieu, who was blown away by the three year old kid’s precocious talent. He has also performed with several other renowned artists like the French pianist Richard Cleyderman.
3) Tanishq Matthew Abraham (11 year old college graduate)
Tanishq Matthew Abraham is an Indian-American child prodigy to become the youngest person to graduate from American River College in Sacramento, California, at the age of eleven. He became the member of Mensa at the age of four, and by the time he turned five, finished math courses offered by Stanford’s Education Program within six months. At six, he started taking various high school and college courses, and now, at eleven, he is the youngest college graduate, a TEDx speaker and a NASA speaker, who also has published essays on NASA’s lunar science website.
2) Akrit Jaswal (Surgeon)
Akrit Jaswal, a boy from India, became the world’s youngest surgeon at the age of seven, yes, seven. With an IQ of 146, the highest among boys of his age in India, Akrit is a known medical genius. He successfully performed surgery on an eight year old girl, whose fingers were burnt and fused together, and separated them. He was enrolled at a Medical University at twelve and had a Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry at seventeen. His keenness to develop a cure for cancer brought him worldwide recognition and admiration. Currently, he is studying bio-engineering at IIT Kanpur.
1) Gregory Smith ( Activist, Nobel Prize Nominee)
Gregory Smith was just two when he started reading, and ten when he was enrolled at a University. But this precocious child prodigy is actually a Peace and Children’s right Activist. He is the founder of International Youth Advocates, an organization promoting principles of peace and understanding among young people throughout the world. He has met Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev and has also spoken in front of UN. Because of his humanitarian efforts promoting peace, he as been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize.