Autistic boy genius pursues physics passion at Perimeter Institute –

Technology & Science – CBC News

A 15-year-old boy who was diagnosed with autism at an early age is turning heads as he goes back to school this fall – except instead of basic algebra, he’ll be taking masters-level courses in theoretical physics at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ont.

Jacob Barnett, whose family moved with him from Indiana to Waterloo and has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein, says the 11-month Perimeter Scholars International program was the ideal choice.

“I came here because it’s a very collaborative environment at Perimeter. The research is great here,” Jacob Barnett told The Morning Edition host Craig Norris on Monday. “I could have gone to Stanford or Cambridge,” he said.

“I really liked it [at the Perimeter Institute] because you are not going to get stuck in one field, it’s a very open place, it’s a very collaborative place,” he said.

Autistic boy genius pursues physics passion at Perimeter Institute – Technology & Science – CBC News.

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