Adragon Mello

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In existographies, Adragon Eastwood de Mello (21- AE) (1976- ACM) (CR:14) (LH:1) (TL:15), aka "AD" (to friends), “James de Mello” (age 12 name change), or “James Gunn” (maternal surname), so named Adragon because he was born in the Chinese year of the dragon, is an American, whose fourth uncle is Clint Eastwood[1], was a celebrity "forced prodigy"[2], of the extreme variety, who age age six weeks said "hello", setting the record for youngest to speak; at age 5 was calculated (by his father Agustin Mello) to have an IQ of 400 (see: highest IQ), which is twice the genius ceiling IQ range; then in 1988, age 11, graduated with a BS in mathematics, albeit with the help of death threats to the mathematics professors (by his father) if he didn't get his diploma, then setting a world record for youngest college graduate (a record later beaten by Michael Kearney, whose parents employed similar forced prodigy techniques).[3]


A 1987 article describing age ten Adragon as "astrophysical Adragon".[1]

In c.1970, Agustin Mello, a karate master, flamenco guitarist, and former weightlifting champion, wrote a science fiction story about “brilliant child who becomes a revered scientist and world leader who leads an intergalactic movement to the great benefit of mankind”, and sent the story to Isaac Asimov to review.[4] Five years later, in 1975, Agustin’s second wife Cathy Gunn, became pregnant, at point which Agustin began making her drink a baby genius formula of some sort. At the point of birth of Adragon, Agustin began to undertake one of the most extreme forced prodigy attempts on record, so in to realize his goal that Adragon would become a Nobel laureate by age 16[5], and hence afterwards another Vinci or Einstein.

At 6.5 weeks, Agustin said hello (see: age of first spoken word); at age 3 he stated that “electric chemicals make boys” and could do cube roots.

In 1981, Adragon, age 5, was accepted into Mensa.

At age six he was giving video recorded lectures on astrophysics and black holes; at 8 he was enrolled at Cabrillo College, a two-year community college in Santa Cruz, California, where he studied physics and mathematics getting straight As; by nine he learned calculus and stated that he desired to discover the origin of the universe; at 10 he transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to major in computation mathematics

BA mathematics | Age 11

In Jun 1988, Mello, aged 11, completed a BA in mathematics (or computational mathematics):

Adragon De Mello, of Santa Cruz, California, received his BA in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in June 1988 at the age of 11.”
— Anon (1988), “Personal Items”, Notices of the American Mathematical Society (pg. 1260) [6]

In Sep 1988, police raided Agustin's house, finding a catch of 10 guns, stacks of physics books, five pictures of Einstein, a bust of Beethoven, two turtles, among other things, and took custody of Adragon, placing him in foster care; much of which is recounted in a long article by the Los Angeles Times.[7]

Adragon was eventually was listed in the Guinness Book as the youngest college graduate in history.

Forced prodigy | Extreme

Agustin famously used extreme educational training and pressurized techniques to accelerate Adragon; for example:

“The course load crippled AD. Yes, he was extremely gifted, and professors even noted the boy’s photographic memory, but he was coming apart. In astronomy, he scored poorest in the class. On three occasions, he did not complete the course work but the end of the term. As the quarter progressed and blackboard equations gained more parentheses, AD told his father that he couldn't handle the pressure anymore, that he might go crazy.”
— Kurson Robert (2002), “Just Another Father-Son Story” [4]

As to how Agustin actually got his degree, supposedly a threat to his professors, by Agustin, who was known to carry firearms around on campus, about getting their head's bashed in with a hammer was involved:

“He had been there before, complaining about unfair treatment. Professors whispered about the weapons Agustin possessed and the gun they believed he carried on campus. Once, Agustin invoked the name of Theodore Streleski[8], a Stanford grad student who crushed his professor's skull with a hammer in 1978; if AD did not get fair treatment, the same could happen here. That was enough for the math people. The department decided to grant AD a degree in computational mathematics. When asked about the decision, mathematics professor Gerhard Ringel said at the time: ‘I cannot answer this question. This is too dangerous’.”
— Kurson Robert (2002), “Just Another Father-Son Story” [4]

Hence, here we see an example "extreme" pressurization. Agustin also, at one point, had an armed standoff with the police.

IQ 400?

A screen shot from the "top celebrity IQs" section of, showing Mello and Michael Kearney, with IQs of 400 and 325, respectively, who graduated college at ages 11 and 10, respectively. These were both cases of forced prodigy raising, and the IQs were calculated by their respective parents, and hence are biased and non-genuine IQ estimations.[9]

In 1981, Agustin, when Adragon was age 5, gave Adragon some test designed for twenty-year-olds to his son, from which, using the Lewis Terman IQ formula method, derived the following result:


meaning that Adragon scored a hundred percent on the test, whatever the test was, and hence owing to his age relative to the age of the "mind" of the person the test was designed for, he thus had an IQ of 400. Granted, to note, this IQ method, was originally designed for the testing of retardation, i.e. to see if children would score above or below IQ of 70, so to see if they would go into the "special education" group or regular school. Whatever the case, in the 2000s, reports were being published that Adragon had an IQ of 400:

“Agustin tested AD's intelligence when the boy turned five. He calculated an IQ of 400, meaning AD might rank as the greatest intellect in history.”
— Kurson Robert (2002), “Just Another Father-Son Story” [4]

On first pass, this might sound alluring, e.g. to hear about an "IQ of 400", but given specifics of the situation, we see that the calculation is non-genuine and it is a false IQ estimate.

Thims 32

On 28 Sep 2010, Libb Thims, having been collecting and searching for IQs in the 200+ range for some time, as a scientific study of sorts, uncovered the purported "IQ of 400" of Adragon Mello. This resulted in the infamous "Thims 32" ranking, showing Newton (IQ:200|#21) and Mello (IQ:400|#1), which became so nonsensical, that on the following day, Thims began re-ranking all geniuses (see: top 2000 minds), and to begin to correct all the miscalculated, mis-informed IQs, biased IQs, inflated IQs, etc., e.g. the childhood IQ estimates, such as Mello (age 5), Michael Kearney (age 4), Ainan Cawley (age 7), or William Sidis said to have an IQ of 300 at age 40 (Sperling, 1940), etc., being in the nonsensical range, aka "objectionable nonsense" category, double that of standard genius ceiling IQ level, shown below:

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These are two prime examples of use and abuse of the IQ scale, resulting of disrespect to "real geniuses" of history, and misinformation being transmitted to the general public, who are not in the know.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Mello:

Sidis is not a unique case. Adragon De Mello, another highly gifted child cited by Winner (1996), was pushed ruthlessly by his father. By age 9, he was doing calculus and writing screenplays. He was graduated from college with a math major at age 11. Eventually, his mother left his father and gained custody. De Mello's mother, unlike his father, had no interest in pushing her son to the limit. Nevertheless, De Mello quickly lost interest in academic pursuits.”
— Robert Sternberg (1998), “Personal Navigation” (pg. 220) [10]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Mello:

“Electrical chemicals make boys.”
— Adragon Mello (1979), age three comment [11]
Genius? I don’t think so. Later on in life, I realized that a lot of other kids put in the same situation probably could have done the same thing. And - so I don't think that makes me a genius.”
— Adragon Mello (2000), “Response to question: are you a genius?”, 60 Minutes followup interview to 1987 Interview [12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hanson, Kevin. (1987). “Astrophysical Adragon: Head in the Stars, Feet at UCSC De Mello, 10, had a Tall Order” (pgs. 11-#), Good Times, Jul 8.
  2. Forced prodigy – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. Youngest college graduates (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Robert, Kurson. (2002). “Just another father-son story” (WB)(GB) Esquire, Nov 01.
  5. Harris, Ron. (2001). “Former Child Prodigy Takes on Role as Father’s Caretaker” (Ѻ), Santa Cruz Sentinel, Apr 27.
  6. Anon. (1988). “Personal Items”, Notices of the American Mathematical Society (pg. 1260). AMS.
  7. Sipchen, Bob. (1988). “Augustin de Mello calls ‘Whiz Kid’ Son his Greatest Creation; Some say That’s Precisely the Problem” (Ѻ), Los Angeles Times, Sep 17.
  8. Theodore Streleski – Wikipedia.
  9. Adragon de Mello –
  10. Sternberg, Robert; Swerling, Louis. (1998). “Personal Navigation” (co-author: Louis Swerling); in: Self-awareness: its Nature and Development (pgs. 219-45; quote, pg. 220). Publisher.
  11. IQ:200+ references (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  12. Safer, Morley. (2000). “What Price of Genius? Father Pushes 10-Year-Old College Student”, CBC News, 60 Minutes, Feb 15.

Further reading

  • Lait, Matt. (1988). “11-Year-Old Faces Life after College; Rejected by Grad Schools (because of age), Boy May Be Forced Back to Junior High.” The Washington Post, Jun 14.
  • Winner, E. (1996). Gifted Children (pgs. 201-02). Basic Books.
  • Ferrari, M.D. and Sternberg, Robert J. (1998). Self-Awareness: its Nature and Development (pg. 220). Guilford Press.
  • McFarlan, Donald. (1989). 1989 Guinness Book of World Records (de Mello, pg. 437). Sterling Publishing.

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