Child prodigy Laurent Simons is earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology in Belgium – and apparently, it’s a tough curriculum, even for students of an average graduation age.
Laurent is a fast learner, according to professors at his school; he’s been described by staff as “simply extraordinary.” He’s rocketing through the program faster than others do, and he’s on track to conclude his studies by December. He plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medical degree, according to his father.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, the university’s education director for electrical engineering. “Not only is he hyper-intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.” Other educators have said “he is like a sponge” and said that he has no problem absorbing new information quickly.
Laurent’s parents are trying to keep him balanced, though.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said his father, Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.” And as for Laurent? He loves playing with his dog, Sammy, and playing on his phone. His main mission, though, is to develop artificial organs.
He’s an official child prodigy – in fact, he’s the textbook definition of the term. A child prodigy is a person under the age of 10 who can produce a meaningful output in any domain that’s equal to the level of an adult expert. Laurent is in good company, too. Other child prodigies included Mozart, Stevie Wonder and Blaise Pascal.
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