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Thursday, November 21, 2019

9-year-old boy graduating college next month plans to get a Ph.D in electrical engineering and a medical degree

Laurent Simons

After graduating college next month, 9-year-old Laurent Simons plans to seek a Ph.D in electrical engineering. He will have his bachelor’s degree in that field before the end of the year, according to CNN.

After that, the Belgian boy plans to attend medical school and learn how to create artificial organs.

Described by staffers at the Eindhoven University of Technology as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent comes from a family of doctors. But even his parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, are hard-pressed to explain how quickly their son absorbs information.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” Lydia joked during a chat with CNN.

While Laurent’s college is passing him through at a faster pace than what’s usual, the school’s educational director, Sjoerd Hulshof, said it’s not unheard of to customize a curriculum for individuals with unique needs. That is sometimes done for student athletes who can’t adhere to a conventional schedule. According to Hulshof, nothing is ordinary about Laurent.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent, but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent has not yet decided where he’ll pursue his graduate degree, or degrees. So far, his dad doesn’t seem worried about the pace at which his brilliant son is advancing.

“He does whatever he likes,” Alexander said. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

The family plans to vacation in Japan once Laurent gets his bachelor’s degree.

Alexander doesn’t think Laurent’s dreams of acing med school and someday developing artificial human organs is unrealistic.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things,” the proud papa said.

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