Jacob Barnett: 12-year old autistic genius in college studying doctorate-level astrophysics!
Jacob Barnett, 12-year autistic boy from Indianapolis, is studying doctorate-level astrophysics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as he was found to be functioning at genius levels in mathematics. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 3 as his parents noticed that it was difficult for him to show emotion and interact with other people.
Courses at elementary school bored him and the courses at IUPUI seem to be awakening the sleeping gaint. Obviously his older classmates at the University are amazed.
"When I first walked in and saw him, I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm going to school with Doogie Howser,' " said Wanda Anderson, a biochemistry major, referring to a television show that featured a 16-year-old boy-genius physician.Source: www.indystar.com
Even the professors are amazed as they are planning to move him to a paid research position.
In fact, his work is so strong and his ideas so original that he's being courted by a top-notch East Coast research center. IUPUI is interested in him moving from the classroom into a funded researcher's position.
"We have told him that after this semester . . . enough of the book work. You are here to do some science," said IUPUI physics Professor John Ross, who vows to help find some grant funding to support Jake and his work.
"If we can get all of those creative juices in a certain direction, we might be able to see some really amazing stuff down the road."Source: www.indystar.com
His parents are amazed too as they never expected him to accomplish so much.
"Oh my gosh, when he was 2, my fear was that he would never be in our world at all," said Kristine Barnett, 36, Jake's mother.
"He would not talk to anyone. He would not even look at us."
"My biggest fear," his mom said last week, with tears welling up in her eyes, "was that he had lost the ability to say, 'I love you' to us."
We look forward to seeing more news about this young genius.