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Superachievers – Attention parents !! November 20, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in education.

The 2008 Rhodes Scholars announced. Look through these profiles of these superachievers to get a picture of just how high the standards are.

I could not quite find too similar a list for the Indian scholars though. This is the best I could. (2007 winners)

Some more tidbits here.

She has a perfect academic record at MIT — A’s in all her courses, including linguistics and fiction reading — and plans to study immunology. Of course, she’s practically an expert already, having worked in six laboratories and designed a device that isolates white blood cells to better understand how the human body reacts to injury.

Thats Melis Anahtar at 21.

This section of Cecil Rhodes’ will is telling indeed.

My desire being that the students who shall be elected to the Scholarships shall not be merely bookworms I direct that in the election of a scholarship regard shall be had to (i) his literary and scholastic attainments (ii) his fondness of and success in manly outdoor sports such as cricket football and the like (iii) his qualities of manhood truth courage devotion to duty sympathy for and protection of the weak kindliness unselfishness and fellowship and (iv) his exhibition during school days of moral force of character and of instincts to lead and to take an interest in his school-mates for those latter attributes will be likely in afterlife to guide him to esteem the performance of public duties as his highest aim.

For the forever nitpicking, forever aggrieved ones, don’t fret, for here is what you were expecting 🙂

The words ‘manhood’ and ‘manly’ were removed when the law was changed to throw open the scholarships to both sexes.

Actually, I would interested in reading their parents’ profiles as well. Seriously, nothing sarcastic about it. I think parents have a big role to play here because this scholarship is not just about being brilliant or even a genius – its about doing lots of very different things and doing them well. I would think it is a totally different kind of achievement and wager that its also a rather poor predictor of Nobel Laureates (the hard sciences), Field Medalists (‘The Math Nobel’) and Turing Award winners (‘ The Computer Science Nobel’).



1. Deepak Krishnan - November 20, 2007

dude, which is the math nobel? the fields medal or the abel prize? i stick to Abel….

2. Sharath Rao - November 20, 2007

yeah…thats kinda contentious :


(I saw this link after i read your comment.)

3. Randomizer - November 20, 2007

Turning award ? 🙂 I think you meant Turing award.

4. Dada - May 7, 2009

you are so right dude…parents have a HUGE role to play. These guys are NOT geniuses. I know Melis personally, and lemme tell you, she is NOT a genius. Her parents are very demanding and she is just hardworking. And quite lucky. Besides how many rhodes scholars are successful in real life? How many are nobel laureates? Anyway, I am just bitter cause I know I will never win it.

5. Harini - November 20, 2009
6. Harini - November 20, 2009

That was portentous to wave off the nitpickers. I was almost gonna strike.

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