March Tian Boedihardjo

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March Tian Boedihardjo
Born 1998 (age 15–16)
Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong
Other names
Known for Child prodigy

March Tian Boedihardjo (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Shěn ShīJūn, born 1998) is a child prodigy of Chinese Indonesian descent.

Born in Hong Kong, with family roots in Anxi, Fujian, Boedihardjo moved to the United Kingdom in 2005, when his older brother Horatio (born 1991) won a place at the University of Oxford.[1] Horatio Boedihardjo was accepted at Oxford's DPhil program in 2008, making him one of the university's youngest such students.[2]

March Boedihardjo finished his A-level exams in Britain at the age of nine years and three months,[note 1] gaining As in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and a B in Statistics. He also gained 8 GCSEs, which he sat at the same time as his A-levels.[1] He was accepted at Hong Kong Baptist University, making him the youngest ever university student in Hong Kong.[3] The university designed a tailored 5-year curriculum programme for March, but on his first day of class he criticized his classes as too easy and unstimulating.[4][5] He obtained B+ and A− in most of the mathematics course in his first year examination which entered him into the Dean's List, an honour dedicated to students with semester GPA of 3.00-3.49 and with no grade below C for a given semester. [6] He was conferred a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science as well as a Master of Philosophy in Mathematics after successfully completing his programme in 2011 (one year early).[7][8][9][10]

After graduating from Hong Kong Baptist University, March departed for Texas A&M University in the United States to conduct collaborative research with two Mathematics professors in the capacity of Visiting Scholar. [10][11]

March attended Greene's Tutorial College, an institution that specialises in one-to-one tuition, making it possible for March to attain his A levels at such a young age. March commented in an interview that his father does not have sufficient money to educate him at Oxford University.[3]

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  1. ^ Record for the youngest person to pass maths A-level with an A grade at the time, but has since been beaten by Zohaib Ahmed, see "Boy, 8, sets A-level maths record". BBC News. 13 March 2009. 

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