List of child prodigies

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Ludwig van Beethoven was recognised as a child prodigy.

This is a list of notable people who, typically before 15 years old, showed abilities comparable to those of highly skilled adults in specific fields; hence the term child prodigy.

Mathematics and science[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

From left to right, Gabriel Carroll, Reid Barton, Liang Xiao, and Zhiqiang Zhang, the four perfect scorers in the 2001 IMO.

Mental calculators[edit]

Note: Several mathematicians were mental calculators when they were still children. Mental calculation is not to be confused with mathematics. This section is for child prodigies largely or primarily known for calculating skills.

Physics[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Biology[edit]

Psychology[edit]

Computer science[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Engineering[edit]

Materials engineering[edit]

Mechanical engineering[edit]

The arts[edit]

Acting/directing[edit]

Note: This section is mostly limited to child actors or directors who were respected enough to be nominated or to win awards while in competition with adults, or who were declared prodigies. It also includes a few actors, from eras predating film, who were declared theatrical prodigies. This section must be limited this way because being even an award-winning child actor is not prodigious. (For child actors who won juvenile competition, see Academy Juvenile Award. These names do not necessarily equate with being competitive with adults and therefore do not necessarily count as prodigies.)

Music[edit]

See List of music prodigies.

Literature[edit]

Visual arts[edit]

Humanities[edit]

Academics[edit]

Humane Letters: Leadership, Teaching, Evangelism[edit]

Law/political science/philosophy[edit]

Linguistics/translation[edit]

Sports[edit]

Games[edit]

4-year-old Capablanca and his father

Legendary[edit]

This list consists of historic children, who have become representatives of the "prodigy" phenomenon, inspiring literature, but whose actual accomplishments have not been firmly established due to the poor sourcing or records of their eras.

See also[edit]

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