8 People Who Received Their PhDs Before Age 20


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Sho Yano
Illustration by Christian Sager

Graduating summa cum laude from Loyola University when he was 12 years old, Sho Yano's mother had long since realized she couldn't slow his progress if she wanted to. Despite his speed at learning, she felt he was still enjoying life. He kept cruising through school and got his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago at age 18, followed by his MD from the same school at 21.