February 27, 2020
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Carson and Cannan Huey-You. Carson and Cannan are child prodigies that both began attending Texas Christian University at 11 years of age. Their story and subsequent success is an inspiration to us all.
Carson Huey-You is a child prodigy who is the youngest person to graduate from Texas Christian University (TCU). Carson's mother, Claretta Kimp, recognized early in Carson's life that he was gifted and began homeschooling him at age 2. She homeschooled Carson until he began eighth grade, at age 5. Carson was admitted to TCU in Fort Worth at age 10, and he began classes as an 11-year-old. Carson became the youngest person to graduate with a bachelor's degree in the university’s history when he graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor's degree in physics at the age of 14 on May 13, 2017. Carson made history again becoming the youngest person to graduate from TCU with a masters degree when he graduated with his masters degree in physics December 21, 2019 at the age of 17.
Carson is not the only prodigy in his family. Carson's younger brother, Cannan Huey-You, is a 14 year old junior at Texas Christian University pursuing a degree in electrical engineering with an ultimate goal to be an astronaut. Cannan began on the traditional route, attending kindergarten with kids his own age. But by second grade, he was bored, and asked to be homeschooled like Carson. Kimp thinks her eldest son’s thirst for learning rubbed off on Cannan. Cannan graduated from high school and started attending TCU at age 11 like his older brother. When he graduates with his undergraduate degree, he plans to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and pursue a masters degree in physics.
Carson’s research project looks at quantum physics and the way light interacts with molecules. Carson hopes to get his doctorate in quantum physics and work as a researcher, either with a university or in the private sector. If he works at a university, he said he would also like to teach. He advises other 14-year-olds with big dreams: "Try to stay focused on what you are doing. Even if it seems really, really challenging and hard to get through, stay with it."