Arran Fernandez

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Arran Fernandez (born June 1995, Britain) is a mathematician who in June 2013 became Senior Wrangler at Cambridge University, aged 18 years and 0 months. He is probably the youngest Senior Wrangler ever.[1][4]

In October 2010, when he began studying the Cambridge Mathematics Tripos aged 15 years and 3 months, he was the youngest Cambridge University undergraduate since William Pitt the Younger in 1773.[5][6][7][8][9]

Prior to university, he was educated at home, and in 2001 he broke the age record for gaining a General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), the English academic qualification usually taken at age 16, for which he sat the examinations aged five.[10] In 2003 he became the youngest ever person to gain an A* grade at GCSE, also for Mathematics.[11][12]

Starting in 2000 Fernandez has had several sequences published in the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS), the number theory database established by Neil Sloane.[13][14][15]

His television work has included an appearance as a "Person of the Week" on Frank Elstner's chat show on German TV in 2001,[16] and an appearance on Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin's Terry and Gaby Show on British TV in 2003,[17] when he beat mathematics populariser Johnny Ball in a live mental arithmetic contest, successfully extracting the fifth roots of several large integers.


  1. ^ "Student, 18, youngest ever to come top in Cambridge maths finals". Daily Telegraph. 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, James H. Hammarling, Sven (2003). Encyclopedia of Computer Science. Springer London. ISBN 0-470-86412-5.
  3. ^ Crilly, Tony (2006). Arthur Cayley: mathematician laureate of the Victorian age. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 160. ISBN 0-8018-8011-4.
  4. ^ The previous youngest was probably James Wilkinson in 1939, aged 19 years, 9 months,;[2] up to 1909, the youngest was Peter Guthrie Tait in 1862, aged 20 years, 8 months.[3]
  5. ^ "14-Year-Old Prodigy Offered Place at Cambridge". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  6. ^ "Boy who broke GCSE record at five is off to Cambridge". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  7. ^ Jones, Sam (2010-01-07). "Cambridge University offers place to 14-year-old". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
  8. ^ Garner, Richard (2010-10-06). "Maths prodigy Arran Fernandez is the youngest Cambridge fresher since 1773". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  9. ^ "Un ragazzino di 15 anni si è iscritto a Cambridge, è record". 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  10. ^ "GCSE success stories". BBC. 2001-08-23. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  11. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (2003-08-22). "Bright young things set record". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  12. ^ "Achtjähriges Wunderkind: Klüger ohne Schule". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  13. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (2001-08-24). "Integer sequences? Easy-peasy". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  14. ^ Sloane, N. J. A. (ed.). "Sequence A057142 (Occurrences of most frequently occurring number in 1-to-n multiplication table)". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  15. ^ List of sequences in OEIS authored by Arran Fernandez
  16. ^ "Frank Elstner: Menschen der Woche". Presseportal. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  17. ^ "The Terry and Gaby Show". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-02-13.