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    9-year-old genius to graduate university with a degree in electrical engineering

    A 9-year-old child prodigy is on his way to becoming a university graduate after he finished his 3-year undergraduate degree in just nine months.
    Laurent Simons to finish a degree in electrical engineering at the age of 9
    Laurent Simons to finish a degree in electrical engineering at the age of 9 | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/ Laurent Simons

    Laurent Simons to finish a degree in electrical engineering at the age of 9
    Laurent Simons to finish a degree in electrical engineering at the age of 9 | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/ Laurent Simons

    While many young boys are probably still stuck solving math problems or enjoying mobile phone games, Laurent Simon is already finishing his college degree at the age of 9.

    The genius Belgian boy is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) and is set to complete his final project by December.

    Coming from a family of doctors, Laurent plans to take finish his PhD program in electrical engineering while at the same time studying for a medicine degree.

    His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, revealed that it was Laurent's grandparents who first noticed that he was "special."

    Laurent enjoys playing with his dog and being on his phone
    Laurent enjoys playing with his dog and being on his phone | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/ Laurent Simons

    "They noticed something very special about Laurent. They told us he is like a sponge," Lydia said.

    Growing up, Laurent was given many tests to try and see the extent of his intelligence. His IQ was noted at 145, the highest mark in the test.

    Laurent started going to high school at age 6 and decided to join a research project at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. After taking up special courses for other gifted kids in the universities of Stanford and Fairfield in the United States, Laurent finished high school at the age of 8.

    The child genius' university mentor, Peter Baltus, attributes Laurent's remarkable intelligence to his photographic memory. According to Baltus, what normally takes an adult student eight to 12 weeks to learn, Laurent is able to do within a week.

    Amidst his achievements, Laurent's parents said he is just like "any other boy." The 9-year-old genius enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and being on his phone.

    But unlike other young boys, Laurent already has one goal in mind, to be able to develop artificial organs. He said he wants to "make new hearts" to help his grandparents who are suffering heart ailments.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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