8 People Who Received Their PhDs Before Age 20


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Charles Homer Haskins
Illustration by Christian Sager

President Woodrow Wilson made former child prodigy Charles Homer Haskins a member of an inquiry tasked with settling territorial disputes after World War I. Haskins' solution for the former German state of Saarland was accepted, changing who occupied and governed the area. Before deciding these circumstances however, Haskins graduated from John Hopkins University at the age of 19. His focus was in history and he went on to teach at both Wisconsin University and Harvard University as an important medieval historian.