One of Britain's youngest graduates earns a first class maths degree aged just 13.

08:54 (GMT+2) Wed, 13 Sep 2017



One of Britain's youngest graduates has earned a first class honours degree in maths, aged just 13.

Wang Pok Lo studied in his free time to achieve the remarkable feat via an Open University course and is already studying for his Master's degree.

The child prodigy was doing sums when he was two years old and passed his Advanced Higher Maths exams when he was only 11.

    

      

        Wang Pok Lo studied in his free time to achieving the remarkable feat via an Open University course and is already studying for his Master's degree


Wang Pok Lo studied in his free time to achieving the remarkable feat via an Open University course and is already studying for his Master's degree


Known as Pok to his friends, he still attends a conventional school - but will now take on an part-time MSc in statistic with medical applications at Sheffield University.

The pupil said he was delighted with his result - but admits that it is getting more and more difficult.

The teenager at Queensferry High School in South Queensferry near Edinburgh, moved to Scotland from Hong Kong in 2006.


He said: 'On the results website you have to check each module for the individual result and as I scrolled through I was really happy, even getting 100 per cent on one of the modules. I do enjoy doing maths but it is getting very challenging.

'It has started to get a lot more difficult as it has become more about concepts which are a lot more abstract and it's mostly logic and reasoning.'

Cara Prot, curriculum leader for maths at Queensferry High, described the star pupil as an inspiration.

    

      

        The child prodigy was doing sums when he was two years old and passed his Advanced Higher Maths exams when he was only 11


The child prodigy was doing sums when he was two years old and passed his Advanced Higher Maths exams when he was only 11


She said: 'It has been absolutely tremendous to have Pok with us over the last few years. His natural flair for maths is inspiring and we have thoroughly enjoyed supporting him throughout his studies.'

While he was still a pupil at Towerbank Primary, Edinburgh, Pok zipped through the entire pre-Higher maths curriculum between the ages of seven and eight.

He has been capable of carrying out addition, multiplication and division tasks from the age of around two.

The teenager also showed exceptional memory skills from a young age and as a one-year-old, enjoyed reciting Chinese poems to his family.

Pok said: 'Aware of my talent, my parents were keen to see it develop and invested in a range of learning materials to take me through the core maths curriculum at top speed.'

    

      

        Known as Pok to his friends, he still attends a conventional school - but will now take on an part-time MSc in statistic with medical applications at Sheffield University


Known as Pok to his friends, he still attends a conventional school - but will now take on an part-time MSc in statistic with medical applications at Sheffield University


He has also achieved advanced higher grades in statistics and mechanics.

Like any teenager, Pok enjoys hanging out with his friends and music, particularly playing the piano and guitar and listening to classical and pop music.

Edinburgh councillor Ian Perry, the city's education convener, congratulated Pok on his outstanding achievement.

He said: 'Congratulations to Pok Lo on his Open University success.

'It's great to see so many of our Edinburgh schools taking part in Scottish Maths Week with their various treasure hunts, roadshows, assemblies, puzzle trails and even visits to our local Universities as well.

'This will encourage pupils to discover really enjoyable and fun ways to use creative and problem-solving skills in maths.' 

ByDaily Mail Reporter


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