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Young genius boy bags bachelor’s degree at 13, masters at 14, set to earn PhD at 18-years-old

A young genius boy named Wang Pok Lo bagged his bachelor’s degree at the age of 13, and his master’s degree at 14, and is currently on track to complete his Ph.D. by the age of 18.

Wang Pok Lo is a boy from South Queensferry who got enrolled at Open University, England for a mathematics degree at just 9 years old. He graduated from the university with first-class honors at the age of 13.

He moved to Scotland from Hong Kong with his family in 2006 and his parents encouraged his maths studies at home according to Edinburgh News. After his bachelor’s degree, Wang continued his other studies at Queensferry High School, while working towards his Master’s on the side.

He earned his master’s degree in Statistics with Medical Applications from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Talking about how he felt about being accepted to university at such a young age, Wang said he did not expect adding that he is accepting the achievement with modesty.

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“It was unexpected, put it this way, I wouldn’t have put money on it. I think it’s important to take on my achievements modestly and use my strengths and weaknesses to improve. I’m not going to rush the final part of my degree just to break a record, as mental health is so important too. There definitely needs to be a balance,” he said.

Wang credited his father for his success, describing him as the “main driver” throughout his childhood as he found numerous opportunities for him to embark on despite his young age.

He got accepted into the University of Edinburgh to have his doctoral research. Wang’s research is focusing on population health science. 

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Wang said he is aiming to finish his Ph.D. by 2024 and hopes to go to medical school to work on further research to ‘help health and society in general’. “Stepping away from online learning is different, but I am also excited for new opportunities and meeting new people,” he said.

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