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Kim Ung-yong From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Ung-yong
Hangul 김웅용
Hanja 金雄鎔
Revised Romanization Gim Ung-yong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ung'yong

Kim Ung-yong (born March 7, 1963[1]) is a Korean civil engineer and former child prodigy. Kim was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under "HighestIQ"; the book gave the boy's score as about 210 [2]

Kim was born in Hongje-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[1] His father was Kim Soo-Sun,[1] a professor.[3] He started speaking at the age of 6 months and was able to read Japanese, Korean, German, English and many other languages by his third birthday. At age 3, he was able to solve complicated calculus equations easily with no problems.[4] When he was four years old, his father said he had memorized about 2000 words in both English and German. He was writing poetry in Korean and Chinese and wrote two very short books of essays and poems (less than 20 pages).[3] An article was published about him in Look magazine. After reading the article, a teacher and students at Grant High School in Los Angeles began writing to him and in February 1967 his father applied for Kim to be enrolled at Grant High School.[3] By four years old, he had scored more than 200 on an IQ test normally given to seven-year-olds.[3] On November 5th, 1977, Kim solved complicated differential and integral calculus problems on Japanese television.

He went to the United States where he worked for NASA. During his return to Korea, he decided to switch from physics to civil engineering and earned a doctorate in that field.[5] He eventually published about 90 papers on hydraulics in scientific journals.[citation needed] As of 2007 he also serves as adjunct faculty at Chungbuk National University.

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