Jacob L. "Jake" Barnett (born May 26, 1998) is an American physics student and child prodigy. According to a memoir penned by his mother, he was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old and was home schooled by his parents. Barnett was admitted to the Perimeter Scholars International in 2013, a one-year non-degree master's level program at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. At the age of 15, he was the youngest student admitted to the program since its inaugural class four years prior in 2009. He completed the program in 2014 and has subsequently been listed as a doctoral student at the Perimeter Institute. He is currently having a job researching in astrophysics.
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