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Report: Britain’s ‘Most Famous Child Prodigy’ Now Living Low-Key Life as Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem


Britain’s “most famous child prodigy” is now living a low-key life as an orthodox Jew in Jerusalem, the UK’s Daily Mailrevealed on Friday.

According to the report, mathematician Ruth Lawrence — who made history when, at the age of 10, she won a place at Oxford University, becoming the youngest person ever to be accepted — works as a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the mother of four children. The Daily Mail‘s report comes amidst a national television contest seeking to crown the “brainiest child” in all of Britain.

Lawrence’s father, Harry, told the newspaper that his daughter is “bringing up four children side-by-side with being a profoundly loved teacher at the university. She has a happy family and a happy marriage.”

Responding to push-back by the newspaper, which referred to the development as a “troubling tale,” Harry said of his daughter, “She’s influencing the lives of hundreds of people who will become mathematicians and physicists who will make a huge contribution to the world.”

“Who’s to say that isn’t more worthwhile than a firework that produces something astounding?” he asked. “Why is this being put forward as somehow a failure?”

Ruth grew up under acute public scrutiny in Britain, with many questioning the intense relationship between father and daughter. Harry had pulled her from


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