15 Incredible Prodigies Who Showed Unprecedented Talent and Drive

1Michael Kearney

Michael Kearney

Michael Kearney, a child prodigy spoke his first words at 4 months and graduated college with a degree in Anthropology at 10 years old. 

2George Green

George Green

A math prodigy named George Green operated a windmill for 20 years. Almost completely self-taught, he could not attend university until almost 40 years old. Green nonetheless graduated from Cambridge as one of the top math students; Einstein later said that he was 20 years ahead of his time.

3Derek Paravicini

Derek Paravicini

There is a blind, autistic musical prodigy named Derek Paravicini who can play anything he hears but can barely count 10.

4William James Sidis

William James Sidis

William James Sidis, a child prodigy who was thought to have been the smartest man who ever lived, escaped the limelight and worked blue collar jobs, secretly writing thousands of manuscripts that have never been read.

5Brandenn E. Bremmer

Brandenn E. Bremmer

Brandenn E. Bremmer was a musical prodigy who taught himself to read at 18 months and played the piano at the age of 3. He completed high school at the age of 10 and committed suicide at the age of 14.

6Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi

A 16-year-old (as of 2019) Canadian tech prodigy named Tanmay Bakshi started using computers at the age of 5, launched his first app at the age of 9, and has been working with IBM’s AI and cognitive APIs for a couple of years now.

7Christian Heinrich Heineken

Christian Heinrich Heineken

A child prodigy named Christian Heinrich Heineken by at the age of 1, read the Pentateuch, and by the age of 4 wrote the "History of Denmark" and recited it when visiting the King of Denmark later the same year. 

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8Tanishq and Tiara Abraham

Tanishq and Tiara Abraham

Child prodigies Tanishq Abraham (born June 2003) and his sister Tiara (born December 2005) are the youngest siblings to have joined Mensa at 4 years of age. Tanishq has since completed one-third of an associate degree with a 4.0-grade point average at just 9 years of age.

9Joshua Waitzkin

Joshua Waitzkin

In 1999, a child chess prodigy named Joshua Waitzkin, a subject of the film "Searching for Bobby Fischer", gave up chess and took up Aikido. In 2004, he won the world champion title in the competitive sport of Taiji Push Hands.

10Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi was a child prodigy. She solved a math problem (the 23rd root of a number with more than 100 digits) faster than the computer of that time (1977).

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