Apr 02 2008 02:34 pm

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Child Prodigies – Where are They Now?

Excerpts from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml?xml=/portal/2008/04/01/ftgenius101.xml


Ruth Lawrence

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.

John Nunn

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.

Adam Dent

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.

James Harries

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.

Terence Judd

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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One Response to “Child Prodigies – Where are They Now?”

  1. ba'ah on 02 Apr 2008 at 2.57 pm #

    And the sad story of our very own genius.


    The Star
    Monday January 8, 2007

    ‘Boy genius’ Chiang dies

    SEREMBAN: Chiang Ti Ming, the boy genius who was the youngest student ever to be admitted into the prestigious California Institute of Technology (CalTech) almost two decades ago, has passed away on Saturday morning.

    “He passed away peacefully,” said a family member yesterday.

    The family declined to reveal other details while Chiang’s parents, father Chiang Chick Liam and mother Lee Soo Hoon, were too distraught to talk to the press.

    Only his family members were seen entering the house here yesterday afternoon and requested that privacy be given to them.

    Press reports in 2002 said that he had been admitted into a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, for depression and withdrawal symptoms. The family also suffered a tragic loss when his sister Eei Wern, drowned at the swimming pool of the Seremban International Golf Club in 1993. Eei Wern was then four.

    It was reported 16 years ago that Chiang, who was 15 at the time, was not only the youngest student to be admitted into CalTech but also among the top five percent where his results were concerned.

    Chiang had achieved many firsts while at CalTech, including being the youngest ever student to receive the Undergraduate Students Merit Award two years in a row.

    He was also an honorary member of the Tau Beta Phi, a national engineering society.

    He had been accepted to study for the second year of the four-year Physics degree course at the university in 1989 when he was 13 after sponsorship from several organisations.

    The prodigy later pursued and graduated with a doctorate in particle physics at Cornell University in New York.


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