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London - A 14-year-old maths prodigy has been offered a place at Cambridge University - which, if he accepts it, would make him the youngest student there for almost 230 years.
Arran Fernandez, who lives in Surrey, outside London, passed exams set by the university last year, and he now only needs to pass his A-level physics exam to enrol.
In the British educational system, A-levels are commonly taken by 18-year-old students, but Fernandez - who was home-educated - has already passed the exams in maths and further maths.
His father, Neil Fernandez, said that if he takes the place at Fitzwilliam College, he will be the youngest undergraduate at Cambridge since William Pitt the Younger studied there aged 14 in 1773 and went on to become prime minister.
"Fitzwilliam College decided to make Arran a conditional offer after considering his application very carefully," said David Cardwell, who will be teaching Arran.
"The college looks forward to welcoming Arran in October 2010 should he meet his offer, and to helping him develop and fulfil his considerable academic potential," the professor said.
Arran first hit the headlines in 2001 when he took a GCSE maths exam - normally taken by 16-year-olds - at the age of five.
"Maths has been my favourite subject for as long as I can remember," said the teenager, who aspires to become a research mathematician.
"There are a few things I want to work on," he said. "I'd like the solve the Riemann hypothesis," he added.
The Riemann hypothesis is a theory about the patterns of prime numbers that has baffled the greatest mathematicians for 150 years. - AFP