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Anne-Marie Imafidon

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Anne-Marie Imafidon
Photo of Anne-Marie Imafidon
Anne-Marie Imafidon in 2014
Born 1990
England
Fields
  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Social enterprise
Institutions
Alma mater Oxford University
Known for
  • Academic child prodigy
Notable awards MBE 2016

Anne-Marie Osawemwenze Ore-Ofe Imafidon MBE[1] (born 1990) is a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy.[2] She is one of the youngest to pass two GCSEs in two different subjects while in primary school. She passed two GCSE Examinations (in Mathematics and Information technology) at the age of 11.[3] Imafidon founded and became CEO of Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in STEM careers, and was honoured with an MBE in 2016.[4]

Early life and education

Imafidon was born in England in 1990. Her father, Chris Imafidon, is an ophthalmologist who emigrated to London, and her mother is Ann Imafidon.[5] She and her 3 younger siblings, Christina and twins Peter and Paula, are child prodigies, breaking age records in educational attainments.[5]

Imafidon began school at St Saviour Church of England Primary School in Walthamstowe, London,[5] and could speak six languages by the age of 10.[6]

Imafidon studied at the Lyceum Institute of Technology in East Ham, London, where she became the youngest person ever to obtain a qualification [clarification needed] in Information Technology. At age 10 she won a scholarship to the private School St Joseph's Convent School in Reading, a year younger than usual.[7]

At 13, in 2003, she received a British scholarship to study mathematics at Johns Hopkins University.[8] At 15, in 2005, she was admitted a degree program by the University of Oxford. At 17, she started a master's degree at Oxford University and, at 19 in June 2010, she became the youngest ever graduate with a master's degree.[9][10]

Career

Imafidon worked briefly for Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, and Deutschebank before launching and becoming CEO of Stemettes in 2013, championing the work of women in STEM.[11][12] Stemettes runs panel sessions and hackathons supporting girls and young women who are considering a STEM career. In April 2014, Imafidon was the keynote speaker at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium[13]

Honors

  • BCS (British Computer Society) Young IT professional of the year, 2013.[14]
  • Red Magazine, Women of the Year award, 2014.[15]
  • Prime Minister's Points of Light Award, 2014.[16]
  • MBE, 2016: "For services to young women within STEM careers".[4]

References

  1. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017" (PDF). Gov.uk. Government Digital Service. 30 December 2016. p. 66. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wacky TEENs". Jamaica Observer. Jamaica Observer. 9 March 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "A-level for 11 year old". BBC News. BBC. 16 August 2001. p. 1. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "New Year's Honours list 2017 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Government of the UK. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Taylor, Erica (12 March 2013). "Little Known Black History Fact: The Smartest Family in Britain". Black America Web. Interactive One. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Staff, A. B. S. (21 October 2013). "Former Child Prodigy Anne-Marie Imafidon Changing The World With Stemettes". Atlanta Black Star. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Beckford, Martin (6 September 2007). "Scholarship for girl who passed GCSEs aged 7". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. p. 1. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (15 August). "IT success for boy aged 12". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. p. 1. Retrieved 28 August 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Anne-Marie Imafidon profile at yegs.org; accessed 6 July 2011
  10. ^ Raton, Taki S. (3 May 2012). "Prodigy is youngest to receive Masters’ Degree from Oxford". Milwaukee Courier. 
  11. ^ "Stemettes Co-Founder awarded MBE in New Years Honours - Stemettes". Stemettes. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Stemettes.org
  13. ^ Introducing the Speakers at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium on Computer Weekly; accessed 19 April 2014]
  14. ^ "2013 Personal Excellence Awards | Winners and highly commended | 2013 Awards | IT Industry Awards Archive | UK IT Industry Awards | Awards and competitions | Events | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT". www.bcs.org. BCS. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Lunn, Natasha (3 September 2014). "the women shaping your world". www.redonline.co.uk. Red Magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Points of Light: October 2014 winners - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Government of the UK. Retrieved 21 May 2017.