Youngster graduates with honours ... in his spare time
Wang Pok Lo (13) studied for an Open University degree in the subject and will attend a graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on October 28.
Pok said: “I was amazed when I found out my results.”
He plans to enrol on a part-time Masters in statistical and medical applications at Sheffield University, and is also doing an Open University Masters degree in analytic number theory and his National 5 exams.
Pok, who also enjoys playing piano, guitar and chess, recalls the first time he had a fascination with numbers. He said: “My first memory was when I was with my dad in an elevator in Hong Kong and there were numbers from 20 to 0, which skipped every two levels.
“I remember I knew about the number 18 without being taught or shown it. I did not think it was hard – it was just like a series of numbers. I was about one-and-a-half years old.”
The maths whizzkid was doing division and multiplication sums when he was two and achieved an A-pass in his advanced higher maths aged 11 – the top mark in the school.
He said: “I want to do a PHD in maths and go into medicine.
“When my friends realised I was doing advanced maths they were quite surprised but now they are used to it. It’s the norm now. I’m just Pok to them.”