Apr 02 2008 02:34 pm
OTHER CHILD PRODIGIES – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Graduated aged 13 from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, with a first-class degree in 1985. Now lives with husband and two children – whom she is determined to allow to “develop in a natural way” – in Jerusalem and teaches maths full-time at the Hebrew University.
Went to Oriel College, Oxford, in 1970 aged 15. Got a first in maths at 18, a doctorate at 20 and became a chess Grandmaster three years later. Lives with his wife in Surrey and makes a living writing books about chess.
Started reading chemistry at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in 1994 aged 14. Left the following year, having been accused and then acquitted of sexual assault on an older pupil. Did an Open University degree and got a job stacking shelves at Iceland. Later went back to Oxford (this time to St Catherine’s) and graduated with a first in chemistry in 2002. Is now an IT consultant.
Presented himself on television – most memorably on Terry Wogan’s chat show in 1990 when he was 12 – as an entrepreneur and child prodigy with an encyclopaedic knowledge of antiques. Had a sex change operation in 2001. Now called Lauren, she is a counsellor and also teaches drama in Cardiff.
Made his first appearance as a classical pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra aged 12. Won the British Liszt Piano Competition at 18. He committed suicide in 1979 at the age of 22 by throwing himself off Beachy Head.
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