Nine-year-old child genius with IQ of 145 set to finish first university degree

Child genius Laurent Simons is just nine-years-old and about to graduate from university with his first degree. ...
Child genius Laurent Simons is just nine-years-old and about to graduate from university with his first degree. Instagram (Laurent Simons) 

A nine-year-old boy will become the youngest ever graduate next month, sparking a competition among the world's top universities to tempt him to attend their campuses.

Laurent Simons has an IQ of at least 145 and will complete his electrical engineering degree at the Eindhoven University of Technology in December.

"I really want to go to California; the weather is nice there," said Laurent, who is half Dutch and half Belgian and lives in Amsterdam.

But his father, Alexander, told The Daily Telegraph his son could be tempted away from the California sun by the dreaming spires of Oxbridge.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Professors from the best universities in the US are already courting Laurent, with offers of Master's and even PhD programmes. Some have already given him homework after informal Skype interviews.

"There is definitely competition to get him on the course. If he goes to America then we will go out with him and split our time there with his grandparents," Alexander, 37, said,

"But Oxford and Cambridge are also in the major league" the Belgian dentist said, "and it would be very much more convenient for us."

John Wilkes, who went to Jesus College, Oxford, taught Laurent in summer courses. He said: "He really was a delight to tutor and very well balanced; able to be like a child and an adult at the same time.

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"I taught him when he was six and we studied at the level of a 16-year-old. I really would recommend Oxford for him."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Laurent only began his university studies in March. His tutor said he was three times more intelligent than his next cleverest student.

Laurent, who dreams of becoming a heart surgeon or astronaut when he grows up, will smash the world record held since 1994 by Michael Kearney, who graduated from the University of Alabama at the age of 10.

The Telegraph, London