Albert Einstein was thrown out of the school for not being able to cope with the “rigors of studies,” only to show his brilliance later on in life. However, this 7-year-old whizz kid is already making headlines after stunning the world with his intelligence. Romanieo Golphin, Jr. is a home-schooled boy from Silver Spring, Maryland, who has shown astounding signs of precociousness since he was only two years old! His parents claim that he can tackle tough questions about particle physics which would shame most of the grownups.
Romanieo loves art, music, candy, and his LEGO just like a normal kid. But his real passion is related to science, as depicted by how smoothly he talks about tongue trippers like cyclohexane carboxylic acid and claims that these words “are not a mouthful for me,” as reported by the Washington Post.
Romanieo’s unprecedented brilliance in the world of science became more and more evident as the parents saw him use popcorn snacks to create model atoms, and using the kernels as protons, neutrons, and electrons to create atomic structures of elements such as Nitrogen and Lithium at a very tender age.
As the boy started to turn heads, he was invited to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Steven Goldfarb, an experimental physicist at the facility, hosted the pint-sized prodigy and his family in Switzerland, and soon enough, Romanieo won the title of CERN’s “ambassador” to the Washington region after showing a keen interest in physics.
“I do know that his memory is very impressive and that he appears to have developed some of his own methods to absorb and retain information,” Goldfarb said regarding Romanieo’s intellect. “I wish I had that.”
Romanieo’s elder Golphin, who is an adviser for the music department at the University of North Carolina, takes the genius regularly to his university classes to observe.
“When he looked in my classroom, all I saw was his hair, his forehead and his eyeballs,” said Brian Hogan, a professor of chemistry at UNC who hosted the kid. “And his eyeballs, they looked like hard-boiled eggs, they were open so wide.”
Hogan wasn’t convinced of the child’s unique talent at first, but the young genius quickly won him over.
“He could be the next Einstein,” Hogan said. “He’s got a mind that is built to solve problems.”
Romanieo’s parents have never enrolled their only son into any school and judging by his unique take on things; they may have made a sagacious decision.
They hope that their son’s aptitude and appetite for science will lead to the boy changing people’s lives for the better, but they also iterated that nothing is decided for him yet, and his interests could easily lead him towards arts.
“Let the boy free, and he’s going to create his world,” Golphin said.
We envy and admire Romanieo’s intellect and wish him all the best for the future!