Does Age Matter?
by Kenneth Lyen
Sho Yano scored a 1500 on his SATs. Nothing remarkable about the score. Bill Gates scored a perfect 1600. The only remarkable thing about Sho is that he was only 8 years old when he obtained that score.
He was admitted to Loyola University, and graduated after three years. Now at the ripe old age of 12, he is studying medicine at the University of Chicago. And from all accounts, he is doing well, both academically and socially. As his medical course is a joint MD-PhD programme, he will graduate at the geriatric age of 19 years.
If however, he had embarked on a regular medical course, he would have graduated earlier, at the age of 16, which would then have enabled him to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, beating the current holder, who graduated from medical school in New York in 1995 at the age of 17 years. Incidentally, Shos IQ, is "over 200," meaning that it is too high to be measured reliably.
What will happen to Sho? Do young prodigies grow up and continue to shine brilliantly, or will they become burnt up shells? I would be interested to hear how Sho progresses in future.
As for me, I guess Im a bit old-fashioned ... I would feel uncomfortable consulting a doctor who is only 19 years old. Maybe age is irrelevant these days. Am I right? Read more about him here: