A nine-year-old child genius is set to become the youngest person ever to complete a degree. Laurent Simons, who lives in Amsterdam, is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Daily Mail reports.
He will have his bachelor’s degree in that field before the end of the year and plans to get get his doctoral degree in electrical engineering.
Described by staff at the Eindhoven University of Technology as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent comes from a family of doctors. But even his parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, find it difficult to explain how easily their son absorbs knowledge.
Laurent Simons has an IQ of at least 145. His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, say that his grandparents and teachers noticed there was something special about him at a young age.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” Lydia joked during an interview with CNN.
According to the school’s educational director, Sjoerd Hulshof, nothing is ordinary about Laurent.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent, but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Professor Peter Baltus, his current tutor, claims that he is at least three times smarter than the next most intelligent student he’s met in his lengthy career.
Laurent’s progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought by prestigious universities around the world.
Although Laurent is able to learn fast, his parents say they are being careful about letting him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes. We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents,”his father said.
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone.
Unlike most children his age, Lauren already knows want he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break after he graduates.