The World's Youngest Geniuses: What They Studied & What They Went On To Do

Genius Hour

Akrit Jaswal

Akrit Pran Jaswal is an Indian surgeon who was born in Nurpur in 1993. He wowed the world when he performed his first surgery at the tender age of seven. Oprah Winfrey introduced the young surgeon to American viewers in 2007, on the "Amazing Kids" episode of her award-winning talk show.

His parents knew Jaswal was special even before he could speak. According to his mother, he could read and write by the time he was two years old. At age five, he read Shakespeare and amassed a collection of medical textbooks. A year later, he taught math and English to the other children at his school.

Jaswal developed a passion for science and medicine, and local doctors took notice. He observed their surgeries and read everything he could find on the subject. When he was seven years old, a poor Indian family asked him to operate on their daughter. The procedure was a success and made him a celebrity in his country.

At age 12, Jaswal began studies at Panjab University in Chandigarh, one of the oldest universities in India. He is said to have an IQ of 146. According to "I, Sci," a science magazine for Imperial College in London, the young doctor has entered the fight for a cancer cure. 

Gregory Smith

Gregory Robert Smith is another of the world’s youngest geniuses. Born on June 9, 1989, the American from Florida recited books at 14 months, added numbers at 18 months and absorbed information like a super computer. According to "Inside UVA Online," Smith has an IQ that is so far "off the bell curve" that it cannot be measured.

Smith entered college at the age of 10. At age 12, he received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for an organisation he founded called International Youth Advocates. The organisation promotes peace and understanding among the world’s young people.When he was 14, Smith began studying for his master’s degree at the University of Virginia. He has undergraduate degrees in mathematics, history and biology from Randolph-Macon College. "I am never satisfied with what I have learned," Smith said. "I always want to learn more and to understand our world."

Now 24, Smith has delivered motivational speeches at the United Nations and around the world. He appeals to government leaders to value their countries' young people and the contributions they can make. According to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Smith also serves as the youth ambassador for the Christian Children's fund. He is pursuing a graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Closing Thoughts

Akrit Jaswal, Gregory Smith and other child prodigies raise the bar for intelligence, hard work and determination. Like most of the world’s young geniuses, they following educational and career paths that help make the world a better place. It is yet to be seen what they can accomplish, but if they continue down the path they have started, the world can only benefit from their genius.

Abi writes for Richmond Uni, and creates interesting posts like this, to inspire and drive the students that attend this university.

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