Eugenie Carys de Silva

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Eugenie Carys de Silva
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BornJune 16, 1998
Manchester, England
  • Bsc in Intelligence Analysis
  • Msc in Intelligence Studies
  • Msc in Liberal Arts
  • PhD in Politics
  • MPhil
Alma mater
  • American Military University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Cambridge
Known forYoungest Harvard University graduate
Awards2015 Luce Leader Award

Eugenie Carys de Silva is known to be the youngest to graduate from the Harvard University.[1][2]

Early life and Education

de Silva was born in Manchester, England and was raised by her Father who's a Sri Lankan born Physics and Chemistry Professor.[3] She began High School at the age of 9 and graduated with a High School Diploma from the Missouri University High School at the age of 11.[4][5][6]

She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Intelligence Analysis (Summa Cum Laude) from the American Military University at 11 years old[7]and completed a Master's Degree in Intelligence Studies from the Harvard University at 13 years old, the youngest ever to do so[8][9]. She also holds a Master's Degree in Intelligence Studies from the American Millitary University[10][11][12].

At the age of 15, de Silva completed a PhD in Politics from the University of Leicester, the youngest to do so.[13][14][15]

de Silva went on to found the International Association of Child Prodigies to provide children an environment to pursue their educational goals.[16]

Awards and Recognition

At the age of 7, de Silva won the Virginia State Award from Johns Hopkins University.[17]

In 2014, she was featured as one of the 30 Thinkers Under 30 by the Pacific Standard Magazine.[18]

In 2015, she won the Luce Leader Award, the youngest ever to do so.[19]


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  2. "Bright Young Things: The World's 10 Youngest Ever Doctors". TheRichest. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  3. "Harvard, here comes a teen prodigy | The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  4. "Once A Victim Of Bullies, Brilliant 14-Year-Old Pursuing Harvard Degree". HuffPost. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  5. "The dark side of being a child prodigy". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  6. "15 YEAR OLD WORLDS YOUNGEST TO RECEIVE MASTER'S DEGREE IN I A – FROM HARROGATE TN". Crossville News First. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  7. "Youngest Person To Graduate With A Bachelor's Degree In Intelligence Analysis". RecordSetter. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  8. "Leicester girl bags 2nd MA from Harvard – Asian News from UK". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  9. Staff, Steve Annear Globe; May 27; 2015; Comments, 5:18 p m Email to a Friend Share on Facebook Share on TwitterPrint this Article View. "16-year-old becomes youngest to earn Harvard Extension master's degree - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  10. "This 16-year-old girl has two MAs and is studying for a PhD". The Tab. 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  11. Cox, Charlotte (2014-06-09). "Degree of success for super-bright student Eugenie". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  12. "Eugenie - Life Online". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  13. "'Youngest PhD student' 15 years old". BBC News. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  14. "Page 3 Profile: Eugenie de Silva, 15 Year-Old PHD Student". The Independent. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  15. "Youngest Ever UK PhD Student at University of Leicester - apprenticeship news | AllAboutSchoolLeavers". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  16. "Eugenie de Silva | IGI Global". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  17. "From Harvard and American Military University: Sri Lankan gets double Masters at 15". Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  18. Andrews, Avital. "The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Eugenie De Silva, 15, Military Studies". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  19. Senarath, Kathya de Silva-. "Princess prodigy". Daily News. Retrieved 2021-01-27.

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