World’s best varsities in fight to sign up boy genius

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World’s best varsities in fight to sign up boy genius

Laurent Simons may follow mentor to Oxford after finishing first degree at 9, thereby smashing a record

James Crisp

A nine-year-old boy will become the youngest graduate yet next month, sparking a competition among the world’s top universities to tempt him to attend their campuses.

Laurent Simons has an IQ of at least 145 and will complete his electrical engineering degree at the Eindhoven University of Technology in December.

“I really want to go to California; the weather is nice there,” said Laurent, who is half Dutch and half Belgian and lives in Amsterdam. But his father, Alexander, said his son could be tempted away from the California sun by the dreaming spires of Oxbridge...

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