Youngest University Graduate

Youngest University Graduate
Youngest University Graduate

Michael Kevin Kearney (born January 18, 1984) is an American college professor and game show contestant. He is known to have set several world records for graduating at a young age and was teaching college students while he was still young. He has also earned over a million dollars as a pageant contestant.

Childhood Years

Michael was home-schooled by his parents, especially his mother, who is a Japanese-American. He was diagnosed with ADHD, but his family refused to use the recommended Ritalin prescription. His younger sister, Maeghan, is also a genius and graduated from college at the age of sixteen. According to psychology professor Huey H Miller III, Kearney's parents' determination and attitude to the world that they passed on helped him adapt well to his surroundings. As of 2006, Kearney's family lives in Alaska.
Kearney said his first words when he was four months old. “I have a left ear infection,” she told her pediatrician at six months old, and learned to read at ten months. When Michael was four years old, he was given multiple choice diagnostic tests for Johns Hopkins' precocious mathematics program; Michael got a perfect score without studying specifically for the exam.
Kearney attended San Marin High School in Novato, California for one year and graduated in 1990 at the age of six. In 1994, Kearney and his family were on The Tonight Show.

college education

“Most people start school at age 6 and drop out around 22-23…. I was just in college this whole time.” —Kearney, age ~22
Kearney graduated high school at age 6 and attended Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma County, California, then attended Santa Rosa Junior College where he earned his Associate of Science degree in Geological Sciences at age 10. His family, Alabama, in 1993. He interviewed Meredith Vieira at Turning Point (ABC News) circa 1996. As of 2019, Kearney remained the youngest person to hold a high school diploma and bachelor's degree.
He enrolled at the University of Southern Alabama at age 8 and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology in 1994, and is listed in the Guinness Book as the world's youngest college graduate at age ten. At the age of 14, he earned a master's degree in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University. At the age of 18, he earned a master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

Research and Teaching

Kearney graduated from Middle Tennessee State University at the age of fourteen with a master's degree in biochemistry. His 118 page thesis “Kinetic Isotope Effects of Thymidine Phosphorylase”; research focused on the kinetics of a glycosyltransferase involved in nucleotide synthesis. At the time, Kearney was the world's youngest graduate graduate (since his graduate record was broken by Tathagat Avatar Tulsi in 1999).
In 1996 the family moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Kearney attended Vanderbilt University, took classes, and by the age of sixteen also became a teacher (he could not yet legally drive). Kearney earned his second master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University at the age of seventeen or eighteen. Kearney earned his doctorate at age 22 after returning to Middle Tennessee State University as a lecturer (also in chemistry).


There are 19 awards in total.

source: wikipedia


📩 08/07/2021 12:30


  1. I hope scientific geniuses around the world will one day come out of our country as well.

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