Daniel Liu pulls double duty as a student in Toledo, Ohio, with a regular load as a sophomore at Ottawa Hills High, then moving on to his organic chemistry class at the University of Toledo. That’s pretty impressive, especially for someone whose peers are still trying to nail down the periodic table.
The child genius enrolled in high school in 2015 at the ripe young age of 10. That’s the same year he beat out nearly 40,000 other students to become the youngest winner ever in the Chemical Education Foundation’s “You Be the Chemist” competition in Philadelphia.
The win came with a $10,000 cash prize, which will be used toward his college education, and he even got a photo with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Daniel rose to fame yet again last summer, when a classmate in his organic chemistry class tweeted a photo of him – a small figure seated behind a comparatively huge classroom table – to the world.
In the last 10 months, that tweet’s been liked by 273,000 Twitter users and retweeted 142,000 times; the rest of the student body at the university was probably used to seeing the pint-sized prodigy in their midst, but everyone else wanted to get their own photos with him too.
Daniel’s off to a great start in life, and he’ll inevitably pop back up in the news soon, probably after winning a Nobel Prize in a couple years!
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