Tristan Pang

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Tristan Pang
Born (2001-10-18) 18 October 2001 (age 17)
ResidenceNew Zealand
Other names"Prof" [2]
OccupationUniversity Student / Broadcaster at Planet FM[3] / Producer of Youth Voices[4] / Founder of Tristan's Learning Hub[5] / Co-Founder of Change Agents[6]
OrganizationSt John, Onehuga Swimming Club, Mensa, New Zealand Association for Gifted Children[1], UoA Maths Club
Known forMaths,[2] Science,[2] Logic,[2] Communicating,[2] Producing,[7] Broadcasting,[7] Problem Solving,[2] Self-Learning[2]
Home townEast Grinstead and Auckland

Tristan Owain Pang (born 18 October 2001, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England), is a child prodigy[8][9][10] who excelled academically from an early age.


He started reading independently and doing high school maths at the age of two. He self-learned[11] and sat the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE maths (Year 11 / O Level) and earned the top grade A* scoring 97% at only nine.[12]

By age eleven he top scored with A* at the Cambridge A level exams (Year 13), delivered a TED talk [13] and became one of the youngest speakers in the world.[14] He started his university studies at the University of Auckland by the age of twelve. In the same year, Tristan created a free online learning platform, Tristan's Learning Hub.[15] By age thirteen, he created his own weekly radio show, Youth Voices with Tristan Pang.[16] He also co-created Change Agents NZ, a Twitter chat group.[17]

Tristan was the youngest student[18] at the University of Auckland studying maths and physics.[2] He is also a former head boy at Ficino School.[19] Since he was young, he has been teaching himself in multi-levels on all subjects at home. He has always been fascinated by the relationships between light and energy, and is also interested in quantum physics and time travel, as well as how the human body and mind works. He is planning to be a science researcher in these fields.[20] His role models are Professor Eamonn O'Brien, Professor Cather Simpson,[21] Professor Roger Penrose and Professor Stephen Hawking.[22]

At the University of Auckland, apart from being a student, Tristan works at the Photon Factory, run by Professor Cather Simpson, as an undergraduate researcher[23]. At the age of 15, he became the 2017-2018 president of the University of Auckland Maths Club[24][25], a club of maths and strategic board/card games [26].

He has been named as one of the 25 most influential Kiwis[27] and one of the ten child prodigies who may change the world.[8]

Radio Show[edit]

Tristan Pang hosts a radio show called Youth Voices on PlanetFM 104.6FM. He shares inspirational talks, interviews, stories and quotes from a youth perspective.[28] It was aired every Saturday at 5:20 pm NZT from 7 March until 2 September 2015. Due to his heavy workload, Tristan now airs every first Wednesday of the month at 2:10 pm NZT.[29]


Tristan has created websites including Tristan's Learning Hub[30] and Quest-is-fun.[30] Tristan's learning hub consists of educational videos while Quest-is-fun has inspirational material, including his radio shows.

He has also created a website for the 40th-anniversary conference of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children.[31]

Media and Speeches[edit]

Tristan has done numerous speeches and interviews.[32] These include some overseas,[33] some to educators and some to students.


News agencies have interviewed and done features on Tristan,[32] including the New Zealand Herald,[34][35][36][37] TV3,[18] India Today,[38] Radio Live,[11] Radio New Zealand,[39] TVNZ,[2] WTV,[14] The Dominion Post,[40] The Australian National Review [8] and at the Festival of Education.[41]

Magazines have also featured Tristan, including the Canvas Magazine of New Zealand Herald,[42] the Magazine of Mensa New Zealand,[43] and the magazine of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children.[44]

Tristan has received rewards from different organisations including one from Shiva Ayyadurai.,[45] United States.


He has also spoken at different institutes including the World Science Festival,[46] Auckland Primary Principals Association,[47] the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children's conference,[48] the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2015[33] in UAE, and at the Festival of Education.[49][50]


  1. ^ a b "THE CREATOR".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tristan for PM?". TVNZ.
  3. ^ Broadcaster at Planet FM
  4. ^ Producet of Youth Voices
  5. ^ "Maths whiz's website helps others to learn - National - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  6. ^ "Change Agents". Change Agents.
  7. ^ a b [1]
  8. ^ a b c admin. "10 Child prodigies who may change the world". Australian National Review.
  9. ^ "Really Smart Kids: What Does That Even Mean?". Archived from the original on February 22, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kiwi superbrain couldn't have done it without the internet". Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  11. ^ a b "12-year-old Auckland student to study maths at university".
  12. ^ "Meet the maths brain of New Zealand - National - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  13. ^ "Quest is fun, be nosey: Tristan Pang at TEDxYouth@Auckland". YouTube. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  14. ^ a b Tristan Pang on WTV. 28 April 2014 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "ABOUT".
  16. ^ Youth Voices
  17. ^ "Change Agents". Change Agents.
  18. ^ a b Tennessee Mansford. "Bright future for trio of young Kiwis".
  19. ^ "Ficino School student Tristan Pang uses his unique talent to inspire his peers | Independent Schools of New Zealand". 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  20. ^ "The Creator". Quest Is Fun. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  21. ^ What's next for NZ's teen genius
  22. ^ Quest is fun, be nosey: Tristan Pang at TEDxYouth@Auckland. 13 November 2013 – via YouTube.
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^ "25 most influential Kiwis 25 and under".
  28. ^ Youth Voices
  29. ^ Youth Voices with Tristan Pang (talk with Jamie Beaton 1 of 2) @ Planet FM 104.6 - August 29 2015. 31 August 2015 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ a b "QUEST IS FUN".
  31. ^ NZAGC website
  33. ^ a b "Press / Releases".
  34. ^ "Maths whiz's website helps others to learn". The New Zealand Herald.
  35. ^ "Fonterra bottles fail boy's acid test". The New Zealand Herald.
  36. ^ "Meet the maths brain of New Zealand". The New Zealand Herald.
  37. ^ What's next for NZ's teen genius
  38. ^ "5 Little Wonders you should know about".
  39. ^ "Award-winning young scientist". Radio New Zealand. 10 September 2013.
  40. ^ "New Zealand's biggest issues - your views". Stuff.
  41. ^ Tristan Pang's Learning Hub. Vimeo.
  42. ^ "The Lorde generation: Kiwi teens taking on the world". The New Zealand Herald.
  43. ^ MENZED
  44. ^ NZAGC Magazine
  45. ^ Innovation reward
  46. ^ World Science Festival
  47. ^ "Newsletter : November 2014".
  48. ^ "Tristan Pang".
  49. ^ Youth Summit, Festival of Education 2014. 25 April 2014 – via YouTube.
  50. ^ "Speech for the Festival of Education".

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