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Does he have a PhD?[edit]

It is mentioned that "Kearney received his doctorate in chemistry at age 22, having returned to Middle Tennessee State University as a teaching assistant (also in chemistry)."

I have searched online but I can see no definitive mention of him receiving a PhD in Chemistry. Does anyone have more information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AvinashMeetoo (talkcontribs) 08:44, 30 June 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

study vs learn[edit]

I changed "without having learned the material" to "without having studied for the exam" its obvious that if he made a perfect score, he learned the material (he wasn't born knowing mathematical abstractions).


On May 18, 2005, this article was nominated for deletion. The result was keep. See Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/Michael Kearney for a record of the discussion. Mindspillage (spill yours?) 23:31, 26 May 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This page needs a date of birth, if anyone knows it.

Michael was born on January 18, 1984 according to the book Accidental Genius.--Jondel 23:42, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)


The article gives an IQ of 325. Is this a ratio IQ or a deviation IQ?[1] --Jagz 19:25, 13 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I found this guy on a list of people with high IQs, some listicle on India Times. There, they list his IQ as 200-325. That's a huge margin. Considering most consider the score of 225 to be the peak of human achievement, I really doubt this number, unless they're using some nonstandard system of measurement. AtramentousAlabaster (talk) AtramentousAlabaster (talk) 02:04, 17 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 16:33, 8 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is the same guy, isn't it?[edit]

Michael Kearney - Professor of Anthropology

No it must be a different person, because of the birth-year. Biologicithician (talk) 07:12, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is there a source for this quote?[edit]

"I was really worried that I would fail somehow and be one of those sad ex-prodigies. I realized that I cant fail because I set my own standards and my standards are pretty low." He said it on a morning-news television show, but I can't remember which one.

Also this one is sad: "The world wants a prodigy, and they want to watch a prodigy fall."— Marlo Payne Rice, school psychologist and director of the Brideun School for Exceptional Children in Broomfield, as quoted in this New York Times article. I'm so glad Michael Kearney didn't let the world get its satisfaction. I hope he remains smart and happy, and for whatever reason I want to see him take down Tom Dwan in the durrrr challenge some day. (talk) 10:22, 12 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Very poorly sourced essay. It cites three references-- two available on the Internet, and one book.

Turns out that one source is a newspaper article about the graduation of Kearney's sister, and source two is a very poor "book review" of source three, the book "Accidental Genius", which was published in 1998. Since we can't see the book, and the article offers no direct quotes from the book, there is essentially no verifiable data here, and one wonders why this article exists at all? Is its purpose promotional? Is it an urban myth?

The book "Accidental Genius" is clearly not a neutral source-- its written by Kearney's parents, who appear to have an agenda. -- "Experienced home schoolers, Kevin and Cassidy Kearney explain in an easy-to-read guide-- packed with examples-- how you can take charge of the education of your gifted/special needs children." [1]

I recommend this article for deletion unless someone can add some verifiable data. Crocodilian (talk) 13:48, 7 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Couldn't agree more. Not sure why Michael Kearney deserves an article in an encyclopedia anyway. He hasn't actually made major/noteworthy accomplishments in any of his fields. Seems like this sort of article is more well suited to the Guinness Book than it is Wikipedia, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to be deleted.

Last edited at 18:34, 24 April 2010 (UTC). Substituted at 23:53, 29 April 2016 (UTC)


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Some incorrect ages in "Awards and degrees" section, vague at another point[edit]

There appear to be some incorrect ages listed in the apostrophes within the "Awards and degrees" section. I would fix it myself, but at another point in the article it states that he graduated (from somewhere) at "seventeen or eighteen." So which is it? It seems that more attention should be paid to the listed ages in this article in general. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:32, 2 September 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


This guy seriously learned to read at 10 months? I'm not buying it, even if he really was a child prodigy that sounds like a load of hogwash74.76.208.129 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 23:39, 13 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That whole section should be removed, the source is a book written by his parents, who throughout his life have been trying to capitalise on his intellectual precocity. They are not reputable sources for such claims. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:07, 29 June 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Someone should veryify all facts this article. If this guy is such a genius, why he graduated so low ranked shool (Middle Tennessee State University)? Why on this university's webpage there's no information about his Ph. D. or employment? Last information is eleven years old, what he is doing now? Disappeared, UFO kidaped him? Or maybe he's another victim of crazy parents, who had wasted his childhood and now he's normal, average person wondering all his adult life, what went wrong? (talk) 18:53, 26 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]