The Boy Genius Who Went Viral For Helping College Students Became A Published Researcher At 13


A few years ago, Bored Panda wrote about Daniel Liu, an 11-year-old chemistry prodigy. But a lot has happened in his life since then.

The genius kid went viral after he attended an organic chemistry class at the University of Toledo. And while the University’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Department doesn’t allow kids under 12 to be in the labs, it made an exception for Daniel. And he made the most of it.

Daniel Liu went viral in 2016 when he (then 11-years-old) attended an organic chemistry class at the University of Toledo

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While many students fail the first midterm in Michael Young’s organic chemistry lecture (in spring 2017, the average was a 50), Liu got a 99.

Bill Nye the Science Guy also appreciated his hard work and dedication

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Daniel even met Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair after winning a $10,000 scholarship

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However, a lot has happened in the boy’s life since then

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And he’s showing no signs of stopping

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That college class opened a lot of doors for Daniel. Every year, Young has students join his lab, so after the kid proved himself, Young had nothing else to do but to hire him.

At age 13, Daniel co-published a paper about developing pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides in a faster, cheaper, and more eco-friendly way. Talk about a fast adaptation. The other co-author of the study, postdoctoral associate Mohit Kapoor, said the 13-year-old boy was a pleasure to work with.

I’ve got a feeling this isn’t the last time we’ll be covering Liu’s achievements.

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Watch the video below to get a better understanding of what it is that Daniel’s working on



People were incredibly happy to hear the kid is doing just fine




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