Maths prodigy, 15, offered place at Cambridge

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am

Cambridge University in England has made a conditional offer of a place to a 15-year-old Diocesan Boys' School pupil.

Eric Lin Cheuk-yin wrote himself into the history books at the elite Kowloon school in 2009 when he jumped from Form Two to Form Six with an extraordinary performance in maths and science.

Headmaster Terence Chang Cheuk-cheung said the Cambridge offer was a first for the school. 'He went to the UK for the admission interview. Cambridge thought he was too young to enter university, so they gave him a conditional offer which is a four-year degree and masters. If he accepts the offer, he will start in 2012,' he said.

The Form Seven pupil also had offers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; King's College London; and University of London.

The media-shy boy declined to be interviewed, simply saying that he had yet to make a decision on which offer to accept.

He took the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, the equivalent of the local Form Five public exam, in 2009 and scored As in mathematics, A-maths and physics. He declined to say how many and what subjects he took in the British GCE A-levels for university admission.