Ivan Zelich is far more than just a high school student in Australia.
The teen, 17, has an IQ of 154 and created a math theorem with another student in the U.S. that will revolutionize math and change geometry forever. He was also featured in the final installment of a six-part podcast on what makes a genius called “Decoding Genius.” Though the theorem he helped to create is a breakthrough, he told The Sydney Morning Herald that he has higher goals: find the ultimate theory of everything and use math to understand the universe.
As a baby, Zelich was far from normal. He spoke at the age of two months and at age 3, he was calculating negative addition numbers. His parents are both doctors, but when he was age 9, they realized his math ability had exceeded their own. The genius also speaks six languages, is an accomplished pianist, and won a state title in swimming. He is also known for blocking out all distractions to fully concentrate.
Testing has shown that his IQ of 154 is the same as Stephen Hawking’s and close to that of Bill Gates and Albert Einstein at around 160. Many scientists say genius is in the genes no matter how hard one trains or works. Zelich said, however, that hard work can also bring success, not just intelligence. And the podcast series found that persistence and obsession are key factors that can turn highly intelligent people into true geniuses.
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