Date
21 November 2017
Hong Kong-born Lo Wang-pok, 13, is pursuing a master's degree in statistics with medical applications at Sheffield University in South Yorkshire, England. Photo: University of Sheffield
Hong Kong-born Lo Wang-pok, 13, is pursuing a master's degree in statistics with medical applications at Sheffield University in South Yorkshire, England. Photo: University of Sheffield

HK prodigy to pursue master’s degree in maths at age 13 in UK

Hong Kong-born Lo Wang-pok passed his advanced level mathematics examination at age 11. Now 13 years old, Pok, as he is fondly called, is setting his sights on a master’s degree after his remarkable success at the Open University in the United Kingdom, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with top honors, Apple Daily reports.

A true prodigy, Pok could recite Chinese poems when he was just one year old. He started doing mathematical calculations at the age of two and got an “A” in advanced maths at 11.

Pok and his family moved to the UK in 2006, and he was educated in a traditional school in Edinburgh.

The boy’s academic achievements at such a tender age soon caught the attention of British media. Pok told the press that he enjoys the process of learning maths, especially those that are abstract and conceptual, which require logical thinking and theoretical deduction.

He thanks his parents for unearthing his talent early in his life and for providing the environment and resources for him to complete his core maths programs.

Pok’s father points out that it would have been impossible for his child to achieve the same scholastic records in Hong Kong, where he said too many subjects are stuffed into the curriculum.

In the Scottish curriculum, Pok could focus on maths in school and learn other thingsduring his spare time.

He said Pok had shown an interest in numbers very early on, reading out the serial numbers on buses out loud when he was just a toddler.

His parents then decided to teach him the multiplication table, and invented a subtraction table to aid him in his learning.

“We bought him a maths software for primary school which he quickly outgrew. We then bought the secondary school program which he learned within one year,” the father said.

Despite Pok’s great love for maths, he’s far from acting like a nerd. In his spare time, he loves to go out with his friends and play the piano or guitar.

Soon he would be taking a master’s program in statistics with medical applications at Sheffield University.

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