Meet Joshua Beckford, the 14-year-old genius who hopes to change the world

Meet Joshua Beckford, the 14-year-old genius who hopes to change the world

- Joshua Beckford was named one of the smartest kids on the planet

- At the age of six, Beckford became the youngest person to be accepted to Oxford University

- He studied philosophy and history at the prestigious university, where he obtained distinctions for both subjects

Joshua Beckford, a 14-year-old boy who was diagnosed with high functioning autism, has been named as one of the most intelligent children in the world.

At the age of six, most kids are still learning how to read and count, however, at that age, Beckford was intellectually ready to attend one of the best universities in the world.

At just 10 months old, Beckford could already read, write and understand the alphabet. By the time he turned two, he could read fluently and he could speak Japanese by the age of three.

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According to, Becford became the youngest person to study at Oxford University. When he was six, his dad contacted the prestigious university and he was enrolled to study Philosophy and History.

The courses were designed for gifted kids between the ages of eight and 13, but, a six-year-old beckford managed to complete both subjects with distinctions.

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Now, at the age of 14, Beckford is too advanced to attend a normal grade three class, so he has to be home schooled.

The young genius plans to pursue a career in neurosurgery in the future and is set to practice gall bladder removals and appendectomy procedures.

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Beckford said he dreams of changing the world and saving the earth. However, it was gathered that the gifted young man is not going to limit himself to medicine - he also plans to become an astronaut and he is currently writing a children's book about Egypt.

Meanwhile, had previously gathered the report of a Nigerian boy that passed his Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations in flying colors. The 19-year-old had scored a total of 337 over 400. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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