In 1761, a four-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began to compose his first piano concerto. His father, a composer himself, was astonished to find that the composition was arranged correctly according to contemporary musical rules. He quickly realized the potential in his child, quit composing and devoted much of his time to schooling theyoung Mozart in music. At age eight, Mozart wrote his first symphony, then went on to compose several opera pieces by the time he was 16.
Mozart is considered a child prodigy - an individual who is a master of one or more skills at an early age. These amazing children, when recognized and allowed to achieve their highest potential, can go on to do amazing things that improve all aspects of humanity. Today, we’re taking a look at five modern child prodigies who are just beginning to show the world what they can do!
Praveen Kumar Gorakavi (1989 -)
Praveen, a native of India, is considered a polymath, or a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas. At age 13, he had developed a mathematical formula for perpetual calendar calculations that spanned from 20,000 B.C. to 20,000 A.D. At 15, he had designed a low-cost artificial leg with an ability for knee and ankle movement. He was also working on missile technology at the same time. Praveen has since gone on to develop advancements in water purification, food storage, and biofuel synthesis, and has won a multitude of awards for improving humanity. He is now working on hybrid solar energy encapsulation technology at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, India.
Gregory Smith (1990 -)
Gregory Smith’s IQ is so high it can’t be quantified. By the time he was five, he could do basic algebra, and had read “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” By age 7 he was enrolled in high school, and by age 10 he had begun his first year of college. Greg has received a bachelor’s and masters’ degree in mathematics, a masters’ degree in computational biology, a doctorate in biological sciences, and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The now 26-year old is working to make drugs more effective by studying stochastic gene expression.
Anne – Marie Imafidon (1990 -)
Anne is a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy. She passed two General Certificate of Secondary Education exams, taken by most British students at the end of high school, at the age of 11. At 20, she was named the youngest to be awarded a Master's degree in mathematics and computer science by the University of Oxford. Today she is the CEO and co-founder of Stemettes – an award – winning organization designed to inspire girls into STEM careers. As part of this initiative, she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator – the world’s first tech incubator for girls. Most recently, Anne – Marie was awarded as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) at the 2017 New Years Honors for services to young women and STEM sectors.
Kelvin Doe (1996 -)
Kelvin, a Sierra Leone native, is an engineer who is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13. At that same age, he invented batteries, an FM transmitter, a sound amplifier, and three – channel mixer and mic receiver using scrap metal and garbage. Initially, he was scolded by his family for collecting garbage, but persisted in his engineering pursuits. He created batteries to power lights in nearby homes and started a radio station, calling himself “DJ Focus.” As a result of his inventions, he received an invitation to the United States to participate in the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT, the youngest person to do so. Today, the 20-year old runs his own company called KDoe-Tech Inc., and has founded The Kelvin Doe Foundation, an organization dedicated to innovation in STEM - related fields.