Mexico: Nine-year-old is youngest student at country's UNAM university
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Mexico: Nine-year-old is youngest student at country's UNAM university

“I never thought I was the best in my class, but I knew I was good,” comments Carlos Santamaría Díaz, the youngest student at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM).

“I understand some things really quickly, but other things, like algebra equations, take me a bit longer.” Adds the nine-year-old, currently studying a degree in biochemistry at the university.

The pre-school student currently takes four hours of university classes daily.

Tiny scientist

Carlos’ father Fabian, who avoids calling his son a genius, notes that his son was able to read when he was three-years old.

By his fifth birthday, Carlos was able to read a book suitable for secondary school children.

He learnt the periodic table of elements in just a few weeks.


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“He has an ability to process information. Ever since he was 18-months-old and began kindergarten, when you gave him a letter he wanted them all. When you showed him a planet, he began searching for others,” Fabian adds.

“I was surprised. I asked him several generic questions to determine his level of intellect. It’s not that he is a know-it-all genius, but rather he focuses his attention on what interests him. When I asked him about what worried him, he immediately began talking about biochemistry.” Eduardo Rodríguez de San Miguel, doctor at the university’s chemical sciences department explains.

Carlos’ parents both attended university in Mexico.

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