Alexander Faludy

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Alexander Faludy (born 1983) was notable as a child prodigy: in 1998, despite suffering from dyslexia, he became the youngest undergraduate at the University of Cambridge since 1773. He was also the subject of a test case that established that the obligation of local authorities to fund education for students under the age of eighteen did not apply in respect of university education.

Early life, dyslexia and studies at Cambridge[edit]

The son of two teachers from Portsmouth, Faludy attended Milton Abbey School, A boarding school in Dorset.[1] In October 1998, when he joined Peterhouse at the age of 15 years and 7 months, Faludy became the youngest undergraduate at the University of Cambridge since the arrival there of William Pitt the Younger in 1773.[2][3]

Faludy suffers from dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia).[1] In August 1998, Faludy's parents lost a battle in the High Court of Justice which sought to force Portsmouth City Council to assess their son for special educational needs.[1] However, the council announced it would help him financially through its Student Awards system, with money for books and specialist equipment and with a disability student award grant to pay for a personal helper.[2]

In 2000, while studying art history and theology at Peterhouse, Faludy received a prize of £100 as best arts journalist in the Cambridge Student Journalism Awards.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Comerford, C.; Veash, N. (26 August 1998). "Dyslexic boy loses court fight for aid". The Independent. London. 
  2. ^ a b "Dyslexic boy wins Cambridge funding". BBC News. London. 28 August 1998. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Smith, M. (29 September 1998). "Dyslexic boy, 15, makes early start at Cambridge". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 28 November 2002. 
  4. ^ "Faludy now a scribbler". The Times Higher Education Supplement. London. 30 June 2000. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Faludy, Tanya; Faludy, Alexander (1996). A Little Edge of Darkness: A Boy's Triumph Over Dyslexia. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 185302357-4.