Laurent Simons, who University staff have described as ‚Äėsimply extraordinary‚Äô plans to do his PH.D in electrical engineering once he finishes University while also studying for a medicine degree, his father has revealed in an interview with CNN.
The boy‚Äôs parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, at first didn‚Äôt believe their son was a genius until his school teachers started reporting how he quickly understood and learn things far above his age grade meaning he had to complete school faster than his peers.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents and they were all left bewildered.
‚ÄúThey noticed something very special about Laurent,‚ÄĚ said Lydia to CNN.
‚ÄúThey told us he is like a sponge,‚ÄĚ said Alexander his father..
‚ÄúThe absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,‚ÄĚ his father continued.
‚ÄúI think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.‚ÄĚ
Laurent comes from a family of doctors, but his mum has her own theory as to why her son is so intelligent.
‚ÄúI ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,‚ÄĚ she joked.
His school, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) says they have allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students while his parents say a lot of Univeristies have approached them to let their son do his PH.D program in their school.
‚ÄúThat is not unusual,‚ÄĚ said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor‚Äôs degree in electrical engineering, in a statement..
‚ÄúSpecial students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.‚ÄĚ.
Hulshof said Laurent is ‚Äúsimply extraordinary‚ÄĚ and praised the youngster.
‚ÄúLaurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúNot only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.‚ÄĚ
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