In late 1983, when Michael Kearney was in the womb, his father Kevin Kearney was away at sea as working in the Navy. During this time, Cassidy Kearney, Michael’s mother, had some sort of weight gain complex, which got so bad that she was admitted to the hospital, and even at that point was found doing stair climbing cardio with an IV hooked to her arm. The doctors took it upon themselves to induce the baby premature.
On 18 Jan 1984, Michael Kearney was born premature, by several weeks or months [?].
When Michael’s father Keven returned, he had father strong absenteeism regrets, and decided to make up for it by devoting a considerable focus to using accelerated child raising techniques to get his son up to speed, such as giving the baby body massages and “sunning” the baby, by putting the child out in the sun daily.
Michael was then homeschooled by his mother and father, especially his mother, a Japanese American. At some point, he was diagnosed with ADHD, but his parents declined to use the offered prescription of Ritalin.
In c.1990, Kearney, then aged 6, had learned about Adragon Mello’s age 11 college graduation record, and decided (and or his parent’s decided) that he would beat aim to beat it.
In 1998, when Michael was age 14, Kevin Kearney and Cassidy Kearney, published the book Accidental Genius, wherein they recounted the story of the accelerated education of Michael Kearney.
Prodigy | Rankings
The following are Kearney's records compared to other accelerated children:
|First spoken word||Age calculus learned||Youngest high school graduate||Youngest college graduate||Youngest masters degree||Highest estimated IQ|
|Datum||four months||age 6||age 8||age 10||age 14||325|
In respect to "highest estimated IQ", compare: "potential IQ", inflated IQ, "ceiling genius IQ", to get some perspective, in respect to someone claiming "highest IQ" actually means, in reality, as compared to the "real IQs" of the top 2000 minds of all time.
In 1988, Kearney’s parents calculated that the IQ of Michael Kearney, then aged four, was 325; his mother recounts this as follows:
- “At age four, two psychologists and one sociologist gave Michael Kearney the Stanford-Binet IQ test (L-M version), a test designed for highly-gifted children age six and above. Michael scored 168, the ceiling of the test. Michael’s parents, Kevin and Cassidy, in their own words, “discovered in the library that the Stanford-Binet L-M version test gives a mental age which can be ratioed with chronological age for a true IQ … Kevin and I did the math and came up with Michael’s IQ at 325.”
- — Cassidy Kearney (c.2009), Publication
This is what is called the “age ratio trick”, which can turn an sub ten year old child into a purported-to-be “genius”, relatively easily. The IQ of 325 for Michael Kearney, specifically, was derived from a score of 168 on a Stanford-Binet test designed for children aged 6 or above. Taken literally, this would correlate to an IQ of 252 = (6/4)*168. Kearney's parents, however, claim they calculated an IQ of 325 using instructions on how to do the age ratio at their local library. The only way to arrive at a value such as this would be to assume a 'mental age' of 7.74-years, which would give an IQ of 325 = (7.74/4.0)*168, assuming he was exactly four-years old at the time of the test. This nonsensical IQ value of 325 (115 points higher than the Cox ceiling genius IQ of 210), however, does not corroborate with Kearney receiving a 3.6 GPA in a relatively easy subject of anthropology at an average-ranked college (University of South Alabama) six years later, thus putting him in the slightly above average college graduate IQ range (IQ:110-115) for college students at that level.
Michael Kearney’s younger sister, Maeghan, was also raised by their parents using the same techniques, and graduated from college at the age of sixteen.
Kearney Completed associates degree in geology from Santa Rosa Junior College (age 8), BS in anthropology from the University of South Alabama (age 10), MS in biochemistry from Middle Tennessee State University (age 14), and MS in computer science from Vanderbilt University (age 17).
Quotes | By
The following are quotes:
- “You have to be focused on the things that make you a human and not a golden god. You have to focus on just living.”
- — Michael Kearney (2009), Publication
- “I was really worried that I would fail somehow, and be one of those sad ex-prodigies. I realized that I can't fail because I set my own standards and my standards are pretty low.”
- — Michael Kearney (2009), Publication
- “Most people get into school when they're 6, and they get out of school around 22, 23.... I just happened to be in college that entire time.”
- — Michael Kearney (2005), ABC News Interview, Nov 12 
- Correia. Flavia. (2021). “Meet Michael Kearney: The Youngest Person in the World to Graduate From a University”, Olhar Digital, Aug 7.
- Kearney, Kevin; Kearney, Cassidy. (1998). Accidental Genius (GB). Woodshed Press.
- Prodigies and calculus – Hmolpedia.com.
- Youngest college graduates – Hmolpedia 2020.
- Michael Kearney (2009) (WB) – Mahalo.com.
- Anon. (2005). “What Are Child Geniuses Like as Adults?” (Ѻ), ABC News, Nov 12.
- Michael Kearney – Hmolpedia 2020.