Learning - Life Skills | 4-18 yrs

Eight Famous Child Prodigies In History

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Has your child learned to read or speak at an unusually young age? Does he have a talent which he performs extremely well? Has she already been recognised for her achievements? If so, your child just might be a prodigy.

A prodigy is someone who has mastered one or many skills at a young age, in a field which is usually undertaken by adults. Prodigies perform at a level which is equal to or better than most adults even before the onset of adolescence.

Famed composer Wolfgang Mozart, the brilliant author Rabindrath Tagore and the awe inspiring artist Pablo Picasso, to name a few. Although these great people are remembered mostly for the work they did in their later years, they were already high achievers at a young age.

Read on to discover some famous child prodigies that will inspire both you and your child. 

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranth Tagore was born to a distinguished Bengali family in Kolkata in 1861. At only eight years of age he began composing poems and reciting them to his family. He became the first Asian recipient of the Nobel Prize when he won it for litera...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was born to a musically talented family and therefore was naturally exposed to music at a young age. At just three years old he began going through his sister’s keyboard lessons book and rapidly advanced through it. When Mozart was seven an...

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder tragically went blind as a baby after receiving too much oxygen in the incubator. However, this did not deter what would go on to become one of the greatest musical talents of our times. Little Stevie began singing with a church choi...

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Born in the town of Erode in Tamil Nadu, Ramanujan was a mathematical genius. Unlike most of the other prodigies on this list, Ramanujan was born in extreme poverty. Despite this, he rose against all odds to become one of the world’s finest mathem...

Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz

Sor Juana was born some time around the middle of the 17th Century in Mexico. She learned to read at the age of three and in a few years had finished reading all the books in her grandfather’s library. She was sent to Mexico City at age eight wher...

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer was a chess player who shot to fame at age 14 by winning the United States Open Chess Championship, beating around 200 older players in the process. Bobby had learned to play when he was six years old, from his older sister Joan...

John Von Neumann

John von Neumann was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1903. He could divide eight digit numbers in his head by age six, had mastered calculus by age eight was known to amuse family friends by reciting entire pages from the phone book. He would go on t...

Pablo Picasso

Born in Malaga, Spain in 1881 Pablo Picasso would go on to become one of the most talented artists of the 20th Century. His father himself was an artist and it was he taught his son how to paint. Before long, Picasso was more accomplished than his...

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