East boy genius (17) obtains physics degree, ready to tackle honours – Rekord East

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East boy genius (17) obtains physics degree, ready to tackle honours – Rekord East

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Hjalmar Rall from Brooklyn, Pretoria east, has completed his physics degree at the University of Pretoria at the age of 17. Photo: supplied.

Hjalmar Rall from Brooklyn, Pretoria east, has completed his physics degree at the University of Pretoria at the age of 17.
Hjalmar, originally from Riebeeck Kasteel, initially matriculated with a Cambridge matric equivalent at the age of 12, after his father, Heinrich Rall took him out of school in Grade 5.
Hjalmar’s father gave up his full-time job for a part-time work to homeschool him which paid off as the youngster matriculated and completed a post-matric level of studies in three years.
“He will be doing his honours degree in 2020,” Heinrich told Rekord on Wednesday evening.
“Once he has completed his honours degree he plans to go overseas to further his studies.”
Heinrich said his son was especially interested in quantum physics.
“Hjalmar will most probably become an academic and do research.”
Heinrich said he could see from a very young age, how advanced his son was in terms of being able to draw a 2 and 3 dimensional drawings at the age of about three.
“I could see he was frustrated at school and decided to take him out and do homeschooling.”
Heinrich said his son enjoyed photography, poems, sketching and playing with computers.
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