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Meet Carson Huey You: The 14-year-old graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in physics


CARSON HUEY You may not be old enough to drive or vote, but the 14-year-old will graduate from Texas Christian University tomorrow with a double minor in Chinese and math and a major in physics.

The teenage prodigy started at TCU four years ago, aged 11, and has gone on to become a campus celebrity.

“I’m just a normal 14-year-old kid just doing college-level academic work,” Carson said.

“It didn’t come easily. It really didn’t,” he told NBC DFW. “I knew I wanted to do physics when I was in high school, but then quantum physics was the one that stood out to me because it was abstract. You can’t actually see what’s going on, so you have to sort of rely on the mathematics to work everything out.”

Carson first showed an interest in math at age 3.

“He asked me if he could learn calculus and I thought, ‘Hmm, OK,’” said his mother, Claretta Kimp.

And so she took the tot to a public school, where it was discovered that Carson had an eighth-grade comprehension of math, far “too advanced” for his age group. When all was said and done, Carson ended up skipping several grades and graduating from high school at only 10 years old. By age 11, he was a freshman at TCU.

His younger brother, 11-year-old Cannan, is set to start classes at TCU in the fall, with plans to major in astrophysics and engineering and hopes of one day being an astronaut.


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