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Child pegged for Korea’s first science Nobel

Oct 24,2005

Song Yoo-geun displaying his admission certificate yesterday at Inha University. [YONHAP]

It seems it’s never too early to begin a college education. That is, if you are as smart as Song Yoo-geun, an eight-year-old boy who has been just accepted at Inha University.
A school official said yesterday that in an “in-depth” interview with professors that lasted all of 20 minutes, Yoo-geun cruised through the grilling, answering questions on topics such as Schrodinger’s equation ― a math formula used in physics and most of chemistry to deal with problems involving the atomic structure of matter.
The boy is expected to enroll in a special program the university launched this year with the express aim of producing the country’s first Nobel Prize winner in science.
His one-on-one education is scheduled to consist of three disciplines ― math, chemistry and physics ― in his first semester. “Since he has the ability to solve math problems for 10 hours, the existing curriculum is not suitable for him,” said a school official.
In order to provide the young prodigy with a more balanced education, Yoo-geun will take classes in art, music, and physical training at a nearby elementary school.
Perhaps realizing the pressure such high expectations might place on a youngster, the official said in order to ensure he does not feel isolated from his peers, the wonder child is expected to receive regular sessions from psychologists and doctors who will monitor his mental status.
Due to his tender age, Yoo-geun will live with his mother on campus. To develop his full potential, the university plans to send him abroad to attend physics departments of foreign colleges during summer school.
Yoo-geun’s advanced intellect was recognized last year by the City of Namyangju, Gyeonggi province, where he was allowed to enroll as a sixth grader at Simsuck Elementary School and graduate. Nevertheless, the Education Ministry nullified his graduation, citing “problems in the proceedings.”
Then, in a bid to fast-track his education, Yoo-geun passed the national qualification examination for middle school level in May and then in August did the same for the high school level qualification.
Park Jae-nam, a professor of the university’s department trying to factory-produce geniuses, thinks Yoo-geun has a high chance of realizing his potential. “He is a genius who, once he starts to study, concentrates for 12 to 14 hours. I have seen 40 geniuses, most of whom failed to realize their potential. But because of his study traits I believe 100 percent he will succeed,” said Mr. Park.


by Chung Ki-hwan


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