The young and the brilliant

Russian sisters earned their doctorates at NYU and will teach finance at University of Rochester. Professor Anjela Kniazeva is 21 years old. She’s the older sister. Diana is 19, though she’ll be 20 this month.

The duo were home-schooled by their parents and earned the equivalent of their US high-school diploma at the ages of 10 and 11 before graduating college in Russia at the ages of 13 and 14. They graduated from Stanford (with master’s degrees) in 2002.

According to this story, which has a photo, Mom has a PhD in pedagogy and specializes in gifted children; Dad is a mathematician and computer scientist.

Early on, the girls were exposed to such activities as painting, ballet, and gymnastics. These experiences, coupled with their penchant for solving math riddles and other cerebral challenges, helped the girls become comfortable with exploring advanced subject matter. Giving Diana and Anjela greater freedom in their education inspired the girls to live up to the responsibility.

Via The Volokh Conspiracy.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:


  2. wayne martin says:

    Wonder where these two would be today if their parents would have put them in public schools?

  3. Rehab.

  4. Ahh, but are they properly indoctrinated in socialist dogma as they would be had they attend US public schools?

  5. greifer says:

    Is it wrong to want to know what, precisely, their mother taught them?

  6. SuperSub says:

    Considering that many states only require 8th grade work for graduation, its not surprising that students are graduating early.