This Day in Jewish History 1944: ‘Smartest Man in the World’ Dies Very Young and Very Alone

Pushed by his father, William Sidis had written four books by age 8, but those meanies at Harvard wouldn’t let him in until he was 11.

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On July 17, 1944, former child prodigy William Sidis died at 46. Sidis had become a celebrity when he entered Harvard College at age 11, and within a year was lecturing to the university mathematics club on...