Carson Huey-You a 14-year-old boy has become one of the world’s youngest university graduates. As a toddler, teachers realized that despite his age he had a higher level of Mathematics acumen. Huey-You proceeded to skip several grades, and leaving high school eight years early at the tender age of 10.
Carson was just 11 when he began studying Physics at Texas Christian University (TCU), also taking courses in Mathematics and Chinese.
Carson is the youngest student to graduate from TCU. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and will return to TCU for his Master’s in Physics.
“It didn’t come easily. It really didn’t, I knew I wanted to do physics when I was in high school, but then quantum physics was the one that stood out to me, because it was abstract. You can’t actually see what’s going on, so you have to sort of rely on the mathematics to work everything out.” Huey-You reportedly said
According to HuffingtonPost Carson’s mother Claretta Kimp, said he first showed an interest in mathematics when he was just three. “He asked me if he could learn calculus and I thought, ‘hmm, OK’” NBCDFW quoted Kimp as saying.
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At TCU’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13 the 14 year old became the youngest person to graduate receiving a bachelor’s degree in the University’s 144 year history.
But the Physics-whizz could soon be joined in the history books by his little brother – 11-year-old Cannan Huey-You is set to start a degree in Astrophysics and Engineering at the university in August as he wants to one day be an astronaut.
Claretta Kimp joked that people think she has a “magic pill,” insisting there is nothing special in the water at the brothers’ house, “I would hope what’s in everybody else’s water. A lot of love and patience and understanding and commitment,” Kimp explained, according to NBCDFW.
Both brothers work with their mentor, Dr. Magnus Rittby, a professor at the school who took the elder Huey-You under his wings. “It was challenging enough with one of them,” Rittby said. “As I grow older, I want to tell people that age is not what people tend to think it is, and the same is for young people. I think you can take young people very seriously.” Rittby during his time with Huey-You has striven to not put him in a cocoon where he only learns quantum mechanics and fails to develop as a human in other aspects.
The brothers are not the first children to earn degrees while their peers are still learning their times-tables though. In 1981, Ruth Lawrence from Brighton graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Mathematics when she was just 13.
Another more recent contender is Esther Okade, from Walsall in the West Midlands, who is one of the UK’s youngest undergraduates. “From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university,” her mother Efe explained. “But I was afraid it was too soon. “She would say, ‘Mum, when am I starting? Finally, after three years she told me, ‘Mum I think it is about time I started university now.”