Jacob Barnett is no ordinary 14-year-old. With a genius level intellect, autism diagnosis, and now a top candidate spot for the Nobel Prize, he is truly one-of-a-kind.
Jacob, who turns 15 next month, is already half way through a master's degree in quantum physics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In fact, a decent amount of his college aged classmates flock to him for tutoring.
The teenage college student recorded a near perfect IQ of 170, higher than Albert Einstein, and is responsible for teaching himself calculus, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry all in the span of a week.
Kristine Barnett, Jacob's mother, just released her memoir The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius, sharing the story of Jacob's fight to live a normal life since his diagnosis of Asperger syndrome at age two. Kristine told BBC News that when Jacob was first diagnosed, it was a challenge to find him the right type of education. Warner Bros. studio has already purchased the rights for a future film, IndyStar.com reported.