8 People Who Received Their PhDs Before Age 20

Kim Ung-Yong
Illustration by Christian Sager

Born in 1963, Kim Ung-Yong has an IQ of 210, started university when he was 3 and got his PhD at 15. He also started working for NASA when he was 8 years old and continued there while finishing graduate school. Kim doesn't look back on that time fondly, recalling being lonely. Today he's working at Chungbuk National University and contends that we shouldn't judge a person's accomplishments solely by their academic success.