11-year-old boy earns physics degree at Antwerp University while taking master's courses on the side
An 11-year-old boy has obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Antwerp.
Young graduate, Laurent Simons, from Oostende on the Flemish coast, Belgium, successfully completed a three-year course in one year, whilst also taking master’s courses on the side.
He outperformed other students by getting the highest distinction possible.
“Simons has been studying for his bachelor’s degree in physics since March 2020, and he now graduated with 85%, which is the highest distinction," said an Antwerp University spokesperson.
"This year, he also took some courses from the master’s programme. After the summer, he will officially start his master’s degree," the spokesperson added.
Simons, 11, said he put all other work on hold to take courses on classical mechanics and quantum physics, as he "wanted to know everything about these subjects right away."
"Immortality, that is my goal. I want to be able to replace as many body parts as possible with mechanical parts. I have mapped out a path to get there. Quantum physics – the study of the smallest particles – is the first piece of the puzzle," he said.
"Two things are important in such a study: acquiring knowledge and applying that knowledge. To achieve the second, I want to work with the best professors in the world, look inside their brains and find out how they think," Simons added.
Simons studied at TU Eindhoven when he was nine years old, and would have been the youngest person ever to obtain a diploma in higher education, however, he left due to disagreements with the Dutch university before graduating.
He also previously studied at UGent where he already obtained credits, meaning he could obtain his bachelor’s degree with a shorter programme at Antwerp University.