Miraca Gross

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Miraca Una Murdoch Gross AM is an Australian author and scholar recognised as an authority on the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted children.


Born and trained in Scotland but spending a large part of her life in Australia, Gross is currently Professor of Gifted Education at the University of New South Wales School of Education and the director of Gifted Education, Research, Resource and Information Centre. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a columnist for the quarterly journal, Understanding Our Gifted.

Gross graduated from Purdue University with her PhD thesis being titled "Children of exceptional intellectual potential: Their origin and development".[1]

Her 1993 book Exceptionally Gifted Children presents fifteen subjects selected from a longitudinal study of 40 Australian children with IQs in excess of 160, including Fields Medal recipient Terence Tao among others.[2] The second edition was published in 2003. There are currently[when?] 60 highly gifted children in her ongoing study. Gross advocates radical acceleration for exceptionally and profoundly gifted children.

Gross has won five international research awards and held the position of President of the Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia for six years. From 1995 to 1999 she served on the seven-person Executive of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

Gross was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.[3]

Selected books[edit]

  • 1993 Exceptionally Gifted Children ISBN 0-415-06417-1
  • 2003 Exceptionally Gifted Children 2nd Edition ISBN 0-415-31490-9
  • 2010 Miraca Gross, In Her Own Write: A Lifetime in Gifted Education ISBN 9780733429132

Selected articles[edit]


  • 1987 Intertel Foundation: Hollingworth Award for Excellence in Research in the Education and Psychology of the Gifted
  • 1988 and 1990 Mensa International Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence
  • 1995 American National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC): Early Scholar Award
  • 1995 UNSW: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1997 Australian Government: Australian Award for University Teaching in Education
  • 2003 Australian College of Educators: Sir Harold Wyndham Medal for outstanding services to Australian education
  • 2005 American National Association for Gifted Children: Distinguished Scholar Award


  1. ^ Gross, Miraca Una Murdoch (1 January 1989). "Children of exceptional intellectual potential: Their origin and development. (Volumes I and II)". Theses and Dissertations Available from ProQuest: 1–372.
  2. ^ Gross, M. U. M. (2003). Exceptionally Gifted Children (2nd ed.). Routledge. ISBN 0-415-31490-9.
  3. ^ Member of the Order of Australia

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