9-year-old will soon graduate from college, pursue PhD

by Daniel Payne · Nov 15th, 2019 3:27 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 3:52 pm

A nine-year-old Belgian child prodigy will soon collect a bachelor’s degree after studying at a university in the Netherlands, after which he plans to pursue further degrees in two separate subjects.

Laurent Simons is an electrical engineering student at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. His father told CNN that Simons will pursue a PhD program in electrical engineering, as well as study for a medicine degree.

Simons’ teachers describe him as “simply extraordinary.” His ultimate ambition is to develop artificial organs.

Not only is Simons completing his course of study much younger than other students, he is completing it at a faster rate overall. The director of his program said it is “not unusual” for gifted students to proceed faster than their peers.


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