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More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by chinonyinye: 8:44am On Jan 03
for those asking questions about Kim Ung- Yong, I copied this. Kim was exceptionally intelligent. He started talking when he was just 4 months old. At the age of 3, he could solve Physics problems. He could read Korean, German, Japanese and English by the age of 4.

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He was a celebrity figure in all of Korea! He was invited to Korean TV shows and was given complex math problems to solve. He fascinated everyone in the small country with his brilliance.



When he was just 8 years old, he was invited by NASA to work for them. He agreed and moved to the USA. And by 8 he also had a PhD from Colorado State University


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He worked for NASA for the next 10 years after moving to the USA.



Now just imagine yourself in his shoes. A 15-year-old kid doing top research for NASA even before your brain has fully developed. It’s not pleasant.



And understandably, Kim burnt out. He abruptly quit his job at NASA and returned to Korea. He thought that the work he was doing there was used for destructive purposes.


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He came back to Korea and started studying to graduate high school because he could not enroll at any university. After he got his GED score, he enrolled at a regional university to study Civil Engineering.



People around him were dismayed. They pronounced him as the ‘wasted genius’. No one seemed to care that he was finally happy studying civil engineering.

“I’M TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE THAT I AM HAPPY THE WAY I AM. BUT WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TO CALL MY HAPPINESS A FAILURE?”

He believed the work he was doing now – engineering – was constructive and gave him a peace of mind.

But people did not believe him. Whenever he said that he was happy, people always retorted with “There’s no way that’s possible.”



He did not like working for NASA because he just solved equations like a machine and his superiors took all the credit. Back in Korea people did not understand this and he was sick of the media attention again on his return.

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He never lived a normal life – a life where he studied in middle school and then high school and then graduate to go to college. Life just moved too fast and all the praises by the people around him made him think he was doing the right thing. And the same people turned on him when he returned as if they had a say in what he should do in life.

“People put too much emphasis on IQ.”, says Kim.

“Society should not judge anyone with unilateral standards everyone has different learning levels, hopes, talents, and dreams and we should respect that,”

Today, at 52 years of age, Kim Kim Ung-Yong has fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a professor. He teaches students at the Shinhan University.

IQ is not omnipotent, and Kim’s story proves it. It is just another talent like being exceptionally good in sports or music. And it is nothing without wisdom, which Kim slowly gathered through his life.

All said and done, he surely will make a brilliant professor, who knows how to deal with gifted as well as troubled students.

A noble lesson for life, indeed.

Sources – Korea Herald.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by 9jaBloke: 9:43am On Jan 03
Intelligence Quotient is actually a measure of the degree/level of a person's ability to think and learn.

It factors Age, Environment and Genetics and focuses on the person's cognitive abilities (acquisition of knowledge using reasoning, intuition or perception). The tests are standardized and varies per age group and most people fall within the 85-115 range (average intelligence).

The controversy generated by Kim Ung-Yong's case is expected because when someone gains remarkable popularity as a child prodigy, he/she is naturally expected to do extraordinary things and break new grounds.

In his case though, I agree that NASA was quite insensitive. His childhood was taken away without consideration for job satisfaction and he rebelled.

I don't consider him a failure at all. Although I would have loved him to become an Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking who incidentally have considerable lower IQs of 160, I think Kim is quite accomplished as a qualified Professor doing something he loves.

It's not always about Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient also counts. Ask Malcolm Gladwell.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by mansakhalifa(m): 10:28am On Jan 03
So,the guys at NASA got themselves a 'human calculator' to make their boring job easy and took all the credit? Indeed,there is something about the capitalist world and its exploitative tendencies. That won't go away any time soon. P.S. Trying to take stock of how many languages I could really mutter at 4. None. Sad.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by lordcyno(m): 11:29am On Jan 03
If the guy is from Nigeria they will say he was possessed/supernatural

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by wamiikechukwu(m): 11:48am On Jan 03
lordcyno:
If the guy is from Nigeria they will say he was possessed/supernatural

U, u harsh ooo.

D boy for the hawk pure water or bread by now sef... Dey carry people change run.
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by jimohibrahim(m): 12:02pm On Jan 03
I'm a genius too. Lol
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Happigirl12(f): 12:32pm On Jan 03
He's 55 years old now
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Happigirl12(f): 12:36pm On Jan 03
I believe he's doing something great by also imparting knowledge in others.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by cyberaddict: 1:11pm On Jan 03
jimohibrahim:
I'm a genius too. Lol

What's your IQ score?
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by cyberaddict: 1:19pm On Jan 03
wamiikechukwu:


U, u harsh ooo.

D boy for the hawk pure water or bread by now sef... Dey carry people change run.

Not sure about hawking bread but the boy would definitely not have achieved much. Too many brains wasting in Nigeria due to lack of basic education and appropriate counseling.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by 9jaBloke: 1:24pm On Jan 03
Happigirl12:
I believe he's doing something great by also imparting knowledge in others.

Yea, he also has job satisfaction. That's a very important aspect of building a fulfilling and successful career.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Mariopgomery(m): 1:27pm On Jan 03
Well at least he is happy and that's all that matters

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Atiku4please: 4:40pm On Jan 03
Well he is impacting knowledge into other which is great.
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by encryptjay(m): 6:01pm On Jan 03
Like it or not, this guy is fulfilled; it's not about IQ. Is it all the people with very high that become Einstein co to start with. Some people with such IQs play Chess all through.
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Bigcucumber(m): 7:01pm On Jan 03
Please someone should teach me on how to post something on this nairaland forum.. I'm still confused abeg cry cry cry
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Bigcucumber(m): 7:03pm On Jan 03
Na u be that on ur dp.. That hair of yours though cheesy cheesy wink
jimohibrahim:
I'm a genius too. Lol
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Bigcucumber(m): 7:06pm On Jan 03
Happigirl12:
He's 55 years old now
imagine na your papa dash am 55 abi..u seriously needs flogging cry angry angry
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Nobody: 7:29pm On Jan 03
Bigcucumber:
imagine na your papa dash am 55 abi..u seriously needs flogging cry angry angry
She is correct. He's 55.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by jimohibrahim(m): 10:50pm On Jan 03
cyberaddict:


What's your IQ score?

My intelligence quota is 310


If na lie ask NASA
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by jimohibrahim(m): 10:51pm On Jan 03
Bigcucumber:
Na u be that on ur dp.. That hair of yours though cheesy cheesy wink

You like am?
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by Samusu(m): 11:11pm On Jan 03
NASA, Uwaku
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by SmartMugu: 5:11am On Jan 04
Anyone that believes this slow writeup must be slow. How can someone get a PhD at 8 years old? Many nonsense written up here.
Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by 9jaBloke: 5:54am On Jan 04
Happigirl12:
He's 55 years old now

You're right. Born 1963

That article must be 2-3 years old

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by cyberaddict: 6:00am On Jan 04
jimohibrahim:


My intelligence quota is 310



I beLIEve you. Good thing you termed it Intelligence Quota.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by chinonyinye: 6:12am On Jan 04
SmartMugu:
Anyone that believes this slow writeup must be slow. How can someone get a PhD at 8 years old? Many nonsense written up here.
Really? pls Google him in fact, check Wikipedia and other websites on the internet. if you doubt this, what about Hakeem that started playing the violin at two, performed with an orchestra at 3, check YouTube for that and watch him.

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by cyberaddict: 6:15am On Jan 04
SmartMugu:
Anyone that believes this slow writeup must be slow. How can someone get a PhD at 8 years old? Many nonsense written up here.

You are indeed a Smartmugu!

The Guinness World record holder for the quickest PhD degree is Karl Witte. He was 13 years old.

Kim bagged his PhD at 15.


As per the entire write-up, there is nothing wrong with it. It is 90% accurate. Always do some research before jumping into conclusions.

So who's slow now?

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Re: More On Kim Ung- Yong, The Man Who Scored Highest Ever On An IQ Test As A Child. by cyberaddict: 7:04am On Jan 04
chinonyinye:

Really? pls Google him in fact, check Wikipedia and other websites on the internet. if you doubt this, what about Hakeem that started playing the violin at two, performed with an orchestra at 3, check YouTube for that and watch him.

Please double-check your facts. It's presently academically impossible to bag a PhD at 8.

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