- William James Sidis (namesake and godson of the renowned Harvard psychologist who had been a mentor to his father, Boris Sidis) was admitted at 11 as a “special student” after strenuous lobbying by his father.
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"William James Sidis, the Harvard Prodigy Who Graduated At 16, as he looks today (caption under photo)." Fragment from Boston Sunday Herald ----- Bruce, Harold Addington The Riddle of Personality . NY: Moffat Yard, 1915, 88-93 Bruce offers a 'bending the twig' theory of education.
Jun 29, 2020 · (Boston Herald) Fending For Himself. While Sidis was at Harvard, his parents moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to open a sanatorium for "nervous patients," leaving William to fend for himself in the university dorms.
William James Sidis (/ ˈ s aɪ d ɪ s /; April 1, 1898 – July 17, 1944) was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical and linguistic skills. He is notable for his 1920 book The Animate and the Inanimate, in which he speculates about the origin of life in the context of thermodynamics.
William James Sidis, born in Boston in 1898, made headlines in the early twentieth century as a child prodigy with an incredible intellect. His IQ was estimated to be 50-100 points higher than that of Albert Einstein.
William's father, Boris Sidis, Ph.D., M.D., was one of America's great psychologists whose contributions are not acknowledged due to the bad press. Not yet, that is. It's not just academia's acknowledgement that is due him, but also public appreciation of the fact that many of the techniques of present-day psychotherapy were first used by him.