20TH CENTURY PRODIGIES
An incomplete list
- •William SidisSupposedly the highest IQ of all time. Son of Tiger Jews before Tiger Moms were a thing. Could read NY Times at 2, speak 6 languages at 6. Admitted to Harvard at 9. Then retreated from all the attention. Wrote many books under many pen names (maybe some we don't know about), was exposed by The New Yorker, sued them for libel, then died of a brain aneurism. He was apparently a really nice well liked well adjusted guy. Allegedly inspired Good Will Hunting.
- •That band I never really got into
- •Mike AltmanSon of Robert Altman who wrote the M*A*S*H theme, Suicide is Painless, at age 14.
- •Early 90s competitor to CompuServe
- •My college roommateShe had a folder of news clippings like "10 year old girl scores perfect 800 on SAT math section" etc. Now is a math professor at Michigan, theoretically spending all her time on algebraic geometry but actually playing League of Legends and Mario Kart.
- •Aaron CarterReportedly beat Shaq 1-on-1 at age 14 in the highest scoring game of streetball of all time. h/t @NKraft
- •Freddy AduBecame the youngest soccer player to be signed to an MLS contract at age 14. No one except people who watch MLS knows what happened to him after that.