Laurent Simons, 11, who’s half-Belgian and half-Dutch, accomplished a bachelor’s diploma with distinction from the College of Antwerp in simply 18 months. Laurent, who’s nicknamed ‘Little Einstein’, graduated with 85 p.c, larger than all different college students, and accomplished the course in a single 12 months, moderately than the same old three.
The kid prodigy is the youngest physics graduate on the earth and the second-youngest to graduate in any topic, behind Michael Kearney, who acquired his diploma in anthropology aged 10 in 1994.
Chatting with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Laurent stated: “I do not actually care if I’m the youngest, it’s all about getting information for me.
“That is the primary puzzle piece in my aim of changing physique elements with mechanical elements. Immortality, that’s my aim.
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“I would like to have the ability to exchange as many physique elements as doable with mechanical elements. I’ve mapped out a path to get there. You may see it as a giant puzzle. Quantum physics—the examine of the smallest particles—is the primary piece of the puzzle.”
A spokesperson from the University of Antwerp confirmed Laurent’s graduation. They told The Brussels news: “Simons has been studying for his bachelor’s degree in physics since March 2020, and he now graduated with 85 percent, which is the highest distinction.
Laurent’s parents, Alexander and Lydia, are now planning his master’s degree where he hopes to study in several countries, including the UK.
Alexander said: “As well as his home country, Belgium, he will be studying in the US, Israel and the UK, too.
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“The UK is the foundation of modern civilisation. Lots of the world’s best universities are located there so the UK had to be on the list.”
Laurent started secondary school aged six and university at eight. He was enrolled at Eindhoven university in the Netherlands but switched to Antwerp in Belgium after a row with authorities over his exam schedule.
After Laurent dropped out of Eindhoven University, Alexander accused the college of criticizing him for all the media attention his son was getting at the time showcasing his intelligence.
He told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant: “If a child can play football well, we all think the media attention is great. My son has a different talent. Why should he not be proud of that?”