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  • Ian Pitchford
    Shattered life and mind of brightest boy on the planet Ed Vulliamy in New York tells how a mother s ambitions left her son accused of being a fake prodigy Ed
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      Shattered life and mind of brightest boy on the planet
      Ed Vulliamy in New York tells how a mother's ambitions left her son accused of
      being a fake prodigy

      Ed Vulliamy
      Observer

      Sunday March 3, 2002

      Justin Chapman was the toast of the world: the cleverest little boy on the
      planet who played the violin at two, chess at three and embarked on a course at
      Stanford University aged four. In April 2000, a psychologist called Linda
      Silverman in Colorado conferred on him an IQ of 298, the highest on record for
      a child.

      As a result, Justin featured in a BBC documentary and was feted by the governor
      of his mother's home state, New York. He was the world's highest-profile
      prodigy; commercial sponsorship descended upon his genius - his precious brain
      safely protected, in one advertisement, by a cycle helmet.

      But it was all a cruel lie, and Justin's world is now shattered. He is suicidal
      and suffering 'violent tantrums'; his mother - whose fantasy fiction this was -
      is charged with neglect, and the hothouse world of nurturing prodigy and
      'gifted' children is called into question.

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