Maths prodigy, 14, becomes youngest Cambridge student since 1773

Posted on 9:26 AM by Sameer Shah

A maths prodigy is set to become the youngest Cambridge graduate for more than two centuries - at just fourteen years old.

Arran Fernandez had already broken records with his GCSE results and glided through A-level maths and further maths.

Now the child genius has received a conditional offer from Fitzwilliam College after he passed the university’s notoriously tough entrance exam last summer.

Assuming he cements his offer by passing A-levels physics, Aaron will become the youngest undergraduate to study at the celebrated university since William Pitt the Younger in 1773.

Home-educated Arran said: ‘Maths has been my favourite subject for as long as I can remember.
‘I enjoy being home-schooled because I'm more involved. I can see the mark schemes and help my dad decide the curriculum.’

The degree, which is called a tripos at Cambridge University, is widely considered one of the hardest in the world.

Former scholars include Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking.

Arran first hit the headlines in 2001 when he became the youngest person to pass a GCSE at just fives years old. Aaron passed the foundation maths GCSE paper with a grade D - the highest grade that could be awarded in that category.

He then sat the intermediate GCSE the following summer and further wowed teachers with an A in the advanced level paper in 2003.

Reports at the time said Arran aspired to be ‘a mathematician, lorry driver or space explorer’.

But speaking about his latest ambition seven years on, Arran said he hopes to be a research mathematician.

‘It would be nice to work for Cambridge. There are a few things I want to work on. I'd like to solve the Riemann Hypothesis.’
The Riemann Hypothesis, an unsolved theory about the patterns of prime numbers, has baffled the greatest mathematicians for 150 years.

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