(Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States) – Will Maillis, a Greek American child genius from Pennsylvania, attends Carnegie Mellon University at the age of 10. He is one of the youngest children to ever attend college. At the age of 9, he had already graduated from high school and had begun taking a full course load at his local community college. He later began his course of study at Carnegie Mellon. He aspires to be an astrophysicist and plans to use his profession to tackle some of life’s toughest question. For instance, he says that he wants to prove the existence of God. His father is a Greek Orthodox priest.
His gifts began to surface when he was just seven months of age. One night, when his parents tried to put him to bed, he sat up and explained that he didn’t want to go to sleep, he wanted a glass of milk. In other words, at that young age, he began speaking in complete sentences, a feat that is incredibly rare. By the age of five, he furthered displayed his knack for languages because he could fully recite the English, Greek, French, Spanish, and Hebrew alphabets. He also had a playground encounter with a Chinese girl when he was young and within one hour. However, he isn’t just good at languages – he scored 160 on an IQ test which means that his intelligence spans across all areas. For instance, when he was five years old he read a geometry text book in one evening and began solving complex equations after he was done.
Despite his intelligence, his father says that he remains grounded and is, in many ways, a normal kid. He plays video games and loves sports and doesn’t seem to have trouble relating to children his age. However, his father did say that, “I just want him to appreciate the gift he has, which I think he does. God gave you a gift. The worst thing would be to reject that gift and not use it for the betterment of the world.”