Top 10 Best Known Child Prodigies

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History is peppered with such children who went on to become prodigies and legends in their respective fields.


1. Frédéric Chopin

Chopin was born in 1810 and left Poland after being established as a child prodigy. He started learning the piano at a very young age after which his mother enhanced his skills. His talent became more apparent as he grew up and he was deemed as the ‘second Mozart’.


2. Carl Friedrich Gauss

Gauss was born in 1777 and was extremely sharp even as a toddler. He made several discoveries in the field of mathematics during his teenage years. His masterpiece was published in 1801 and went by the name of “Disquisitiones Arithmeticae”. Gauss is undoubtedly the most influential in the field and is fondly referred to as the Prince of Mathematics.


3. Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega was born in 1562 and was a playwright and poet. He published a good deal of literary pieces out of which about 2,500 were plays and 425 can still be found. This child prodigy could read both Latin and Spanish at 5 and by the time he was 10, he could translate Latin verses. He finished his first play by his 12th birthday.


4. Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin started playing the violin at age three under the guidance of Sigmund Anker. He performed in front of an audience in 1923 and had recorded several pieces with his pianist sister by the time he was seven.


5. John von Neumann

This mathematician was born in Hungary in 1903. He contributed greatly to function analysis, topology, computer science, quantum physics, set theory, statistics and much more. He came to be recognized as an outstanding mathematician at a very early age and one of the best the world had to offer. This child prodigy could divide 8-digit numbers mentally at six and completed his Ph.D. at 23.


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