The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Global Search for a University

We are looking for a University for Ainan because he will soon have taken A level - and once he has done that, he would need further opportunity to study - otherwise he would stagnate.

A level is at the level of a Major in an American Bachelor's degree. Ainan is ready to do that soon. But what will he do then? We have nothing in place at present, so we have to line something up for him. We are, therefore, interested in hearing from any University, worldwide that offers Chemistry and other sciences.

Our needs are quite specific, but a University need not meet all of our needs to be acceptable. Firstly, the University must have a strong Chemistry department. Then they should offer a wide spectrum of other sciences especially Physics, Material Sciences, Geology and Astronomy, as well as, ideally, Nanotechnology and Biology. These are secondary interests.

The medium of instruction should be English. The culture should be warm, accepting and welcoming. It should be a supportive, co-operative environment. Too many Universities are overly competitive, aggressive and hostile environments (in my view). That would not suit Ainan.

The University should be prepared to offer mentors. He is young and their guidance would be helpful. It should also be located in a relatively safe place. We don't want to have to worry about such things, unduly.

We are prepared to look anywhere in the world that is a reasonably comfortable place to live. As long as the University can provide a nurturing environment we would be interested in hearing from them.

If you are with a suitable University, or know of any, please contact us and tell us the details. We will then correspond to see if anything can be worked out.

Your help in this is very much appreciated. Thanks.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and eleven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and four months, and Tiarnan, twenty-one months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 12:24 AM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a list of early entrance programs to check out:


4:38 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you for the suggestion. I will take a good look at it.

It is much appreciated.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Bee Yong said...

I saw Ainan on OMY today.

He looked so adorable and handsome in the video clip!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thanks Bee Yong for pointing this out. I think I shall have to post about it to draw people's attention to it.


10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to try contacting Dr. Miraca Gross of the University of New South Wales. She's a professor of gifted education and is an expert on radical educational acceleration.

Another thing you may want to try is contacting Bob and Jan Davidson of the Davidson Academy for Talent Development. They're also strong advocates of acceleration, so perhaps they can help too.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you for your suggestions. I shall contact them. We will see what they say.

Best wishes

4:00 PM  

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