Prodigies in the News

Definitions of a prodigy: An unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration. ( Prodigies.

A child prodigy is someone who at an early age masters one or more skills at an adult level. One heuristic for classifying prodigies is: a prodigy is a child, typically younger than 15 years old, who is performing at the level of a highly trained adult in a very demanding field of endeavor. (Feldman, David H: “Child Prodigies: A Distinctive Form of Giftedness”, National Association for Gifted Children, Gifted Children Quarterly., 1993, 37(4): 188-193)

Below are examples of prodigies, in various subjects, who have been in the news in recent years:

14-year-old physics major Carson Huey, who is the youngest graduate of TCU:

Matthew Whitaker, age 16, is a piano prodigy, who is also blind:

Fashion designer prodigy, 12, Isabella Rose Taylor:

A science prodigy diagnosed with Autism: 

17 year old science prodigy who may have discovered a cure for cancer:

Art prodigy, Kieron Williamson:

Ethan in 2011, is also a philanthropist:

Piano prodigy, Emily Bear

Nightline 2011, focuses on Emily Bear (above), a pool prodigy and Kieron (the artist above)

Dance prodigies: This isn’t just dance talent, it’s also creative talent. The combination makes for great entertainment:

11-Year-Old Graduates College With Degree in Astrophysics:

Computer prodigy: World’s youngest computer programmer: (Article)

Chess prodigy:

Art prodigy and example of an “Indigo Child”:

Here is a great article on The Making of a Prodigy

What is a prodigy? Child Prodigies in the News. Recent examples of child prodigies.