Most children are just learning reading and writing at the age of 6 or 7. The genius kids on this list were busy doing things like composing symphonies or discovering new mathematical theorems at that age. This list presents ten child prodigies who were true genius in their fields and showed it at a very young age.
10. Willie Mosconi – Billiards
William Joseph Mosconi was a American professional Billiards player, who started his professional career in 1919, when he was only 6. His father noticed his amazing skills at a very young age and started training him. Soon Willie was able to beat many experienced players, even though he had to stand on a box to reach the table. At the age of 6 he had a match with the reigning world champion, Ralph Greenleaf, who eventually won but had a very hard time beating the young child prodigy. This event marked the beginning of a unique professional career.
9. Frederic Chopin – Music
He was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, of Polish and French parentage, on 1st March 1810 in the village of ?elazowa Wola, Poland. In Warsaw he was hailed as a child prodigy and as the “second Mozart” for his piano and composition skill, for which the composer Robert Schumann complimented the talented pianist: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!”
At the age of seven he began piano lessons with the Polish virtuoso Wojciech ?ywny and played at a public concert before he was nine. He then wrote a march for the Russian Grand Duke Constantine, who not only accepted the dedication but had the work scored for military band.
Due to the political situation in Poland, he left his country for France at the age of twenty. He never returned to Poland, but after his death his sister Ludwika took his heart to Poland – in accordance with his last will, where it was placed inside a pillar of the Holy Cross Church at Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street.
8. Sufiah Yusof - Mathematics
Sufiah Yusof made headlines in 1997 when,at the age of 13, she entered Oxford University to study mathematics. In 2001, she ran away from her student flat in Oxford, after taking her final examination paper for the academic year and was found working as a waitress in an internet cafe two weeks later. She then married a lawyer from Oxford, though the marriage ended after only 13 months.
In March 2008, it was discovered that after many ups and downs in her life she was working as a prostitute. One of her friends described her change of fortunes as “desperately heartbreaking”, adding that “her gift [for mathematics] really has been a curse”. She is now a social worker.
7. John von Neumann - Mathematics
John von Neumann a Austria – Hungary born child, was a mathematics child prodigy. John made contributions to physics, mathematics, economics, topology, statistics and many more. John von Neumann was an extraordinary prodigy who could divide 8 number digits in his mind when he was only six.
6. Jean Francois Champollion – Linguistics
Jean Champollion was a linguistic genius, who spoke and mastered dozens of languages at a very young age. By the age of 16 he had already mastered a dozen languages. A couple of years later he could speak Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Amharic, Sanskrit, Avestan, Pahlavi, Arabic, Syrian, Chaldean, Persian, Ethiopic and Chinese. He is also famous for dechiphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs from the famous Rossetta Stone in 1822.
5. Carl Friedrich Gauss – Mathematics
This unique child prodigy had extraordinary mathematics skills. He completed his greatest ground breaking works when he was only a teenager. Gauss completed his greatest work at the age of 21 in 1798, which was called Disquisitiones Aritmeticae. This work was essential for consolidating the number theory as a discipline. Many call him the prince of mathematics or the greatest mathematician of all times.
4. Blaise Pascal – Mathematics
A mathematics child prodigy, who was educated by his father. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli.
In honor of his contributions his name has been given to the SI unit of pressure, to a programming language and a scientific law (Pascal’s law ). At the age of about 11 he started writing scientific papers as well as papers on the subject of defence of the scientific method, and wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen.
3. Askrit Jaswal – Medicine
Akrit Jaswal, who started reading Shakespeare at the age of 5, was just 7 years old when he performed surgery for the first time, operating on the hands of a young burn victim. Akrit was not a doctor but was considered a medical genius. At 17 years old, Akrit began working on a master’s degree in applied chemistry. Askrit Jaswal is now looking for a cure for cancer. Tough destination. Though he has many years in front of him.
2. William James Sidis – Math
Although his exact IQ score is not known many experts claim that William’s IQ score would be somewhere around 250 – 300. This is an extraordinary number, because the average IQ is about 100, while many famous geniuses had an IQ score of around 160 – 220. William Sidis was born in 1898 and at a very young age showed his unique skills. He was a mathematical genius as well as a linguistic genius who entered Harvard University at the age of 11.
Sadly, his later life wasn’t happy. He was imprisoned at a socialist anti-war rally in 1919. He lost his love of his life, stopped his academic career and died at the age of 46.
1. Wolgang Amadeus Mozart – Music
Many consider Mozart to be the greatest composer of all time. He was a child prodigy who wrote his first symphony at age eight, then grew into a prolific adult who wrote over 600 pieces of music. Among his most famous works are Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music, 1787) and the operas Don Giovanni (1787) and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute, 1791). Mozart died of a mysterious fever at age 35.