13 modern child prodigies: gifted youngsters who are changing the world

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You can call them wunderkind, child prodigies or incredibly gifted children, but one thing remains the same: these children are endowed with super-sized gifts and talents. Here's a list of 13 modern child prodigies who have stunned the world with the gifts.

These child prodigies can be found in the performing arts, in sports, in academia, in the science world and just about every field of endeavor on earth. They stand out because they perform at the level of adult experts in the same field.

Modern Child Prodigies In The World!

These are 13 modern child prodigies from all over the world.

1. Autumn de Forest, USA

Autumn de Forest was just seven years old when the Discovery Channel called her a child genius. Her painting abilities took the world by storm, and art critics had nothing but praise for her work. Autumn has since been invited to speak at Harvard and her paintings have been showcased in museums all over the U.S.

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2. Onafijiri ‘Fuji’ Remet, Nigeria

Fuji came into the limelight at just three years old. He was already a documentary photographer at such a young age. Together with a camera that was almost as tall as he was, Fuji documented what everyday life Lagos looked like. He has over 3000 images to his name.

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3. Akrit Pan Jaswal, India

Akrit performed his first surgery at just seven years old. He had no medical degree or a license for that matter, but he successfully separated the fused fingers of a burn victim. Akrit went to medical school when he was twelve. Right now the child prodigy is working on finding the cure for cancer.

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4. March Tian Boedihardjo, Hong Kong

March Tian Boedihardjo gained admission to study at Hong Kong University when he was nine years old, making him the youngest person to be offered admission at the institution. He was by far the youngest person in his class, and he also graduated a year earlier than everyone else. He is currently studying to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics.

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5. Akim Camara, Germany

Akim Camara was already an expert violin player by the time he was two years old. When he was three, he got to perform onstage for the first time at a Christmas concert. His violin instructor noted that the toddler could play exceptionally well even before he could talk.

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6. Tanishq Matthew Abraham, Indian-American

Tanishq was four years old when he became a member of Mensa. At age five, he was able to complete Standford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth in only six months. At age six, Tanishq was already taking college courses, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA in all his courses.

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7. Taylor Ramon Wilson, USA

In 2008, 14-year-old Taylor Wilson built a working nuclear reactor—making him the youngest person in the world to do so. Prior to this, he had already built his first bomb when he was 10 years old. Taylor Ramon is a recipient of the prestigious Thiel fellowship and a member of the Helena Group.

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8. Amira Willighagen, the Netherlands

Amira wowed everyone when she got on the Holland’s Got Talent stage and sang. She was nine years old at the time. Her big voice stunned the audience and the judges. She got the golden ticket and was promoted straight to the live shows. Amazingly, Amira never had professional voice training.

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9. Umi Garrett, USA

The Huffington Post has called Umi Garrett ‘a budding musical genius.’ The young pianist gained worldwide acclaim when she went on the Ellen Degeneres show at age eight. Her piano skills are quite advanced for someone her age.

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10. Ryan Wang, Canada

In 2013, five-year-old pianist Ryan Wang got to perform at the Carnegie Music Hall. Later that year, he also performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

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11. Keith O’Dell Jr., USA

At age two, the tiny toddler had to stand on a stool to shoot pool. But his shots were accurate. His videos went viral and put him on notice as a player to watch. He is the youngest member of the American Pool Association.

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12. Gregory Smith, USA

By the time he was 14 months old, Gregory Smith was already solving math problems. He graduated from high school when he turned 10. At age 12, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy work with peace and improving the welfare of children.

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13. Cameron Thompson, the United Kingdom

Cameron is a math prodigy who, at four years old, corrected his math teacher in class. He was offered admission to study mathematics at the Open University when he was 11. His achievements are even more remarkable since he struggles with Asperger’s syndrome.

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Everyone is born with something special, but these children in our list of 13 modern child prodigies are changing the world one remarkable achievement at a time.

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Written by

Julie Adeboye