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As we look back on all Great American’s Environmental Division has accomplished in our first 10 years, here’s a look at some other precocious youngsters and their remarkable achievements — all before their 11th birthday.


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Christian Friedrich Heinecken, the legendary child prodigy, had read the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) at age 1.

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Speed skater Bonnie Blair began skating at age 2. She would go on to win five Olympic gold medals.


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart taught himself to play the harpsichord at age 3. He wrote his first symphony at age 8.

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Brazilian Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna da Silva began driving at age 4.


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Yo-Yo Ma, world-famous cellist, began playing “Suites for Unaccompanied Cello” before bed each evening at age 5.

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Willie Hoppe, the greatest billiards player in history, began to play pool at age 6. He had to stand on a box to reach the table.


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Wayne Gretzky was already a hockey prodigy by age 6.

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English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill had mastered Greek at age 7.


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Three-time Olympic gold medal runner Wilma Rudolph took her first step at age 8 after suffering from polio as a child.

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Daisy Ashford wrote her bestselling novel, “The Young Visiters” at age 9. It sold over 200,000 copies.


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Jordan Romero started his quest for the “Seven Summits” in 2006 by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 9.

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Vinay Bhat became the youngest chess master in the world at age 10.


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Tatum O’Neal won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award (Oscar) in 1973 at age 10, the youngest person to win a regular Oscar. Shirley Temple was awarded a special Oscar at age 7.

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