Child genius ‘could follow mentor to Oxford’ after finishing first degree aged 9

A nine-year-old boy will become the youngest ever graduate at the end of this year, sparking a competition among the world’s top universities to sign up the boy genius. 

Laurent Simons has an IQ of at least 145 and will complete his electrical engineering degree from 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 Laurent’s father Alexander told the Telegraph his son could be tempted away from the California sun by the dreaming spires of Oxford. 

Professors from the US’s best universities are already courting Laurent, who loves playing video games…

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