Laurent Simons in a picture taken in 2018
By Mkarimu Media
A nine-year-old genius boy from Belgium is set to graduate with undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) in The Netherlands.
Laurent Simons, described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” is on course to finish his degree in December; a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
His father Alexander Simons told CNN that he plans to embark on a PhD program in the same subject while also studying for a Medicine degree.
He comes from a family of doctors but his family had initially dismissed claims from the grandparents that Laurent is a genius until teachers confirmed it.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here, not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy,” Sjoerd Hulshof, TUE director at the Electrical Engineering dept. said in a statement.
Laurent’s progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought by prestigious universities around the world.
Although Laurent is able to learn fast, his parents say they are being careful about letting him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes. We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents,”his father said.
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone.
Unlike most children his age, Lauren already knows want he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break after he graduates.