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A Historical Look at Young Success

Item published on Jul 4th, 2007 | Comment | Trackback | Categories »

We recently put the spotlight on the talents and accomplishments of amazing young professionals across different time periods and across a variety of ethnic backgrounds – check out “What Have You Accomplished? (Part 1)” to see the breakdown of these superstars by odd ages (ages 21-35). This week we fill in the missing even ages so you get a complete picture of young success.

At age 22:
  • By 22, Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget received his Ph.D., published 20 articles, and wrote a philosophical novel that outlined many of the issues he would explore during his career.
  • Caresse Crosby became the first person to patent a brassiere, which was made of two handkerchiefs and ribbon sewn together.
  • Olympic runner Herbert James Elliott, ranked by many as the greatest mile runner ever, retired undefeated at 22.
At age 24:
  • John Couch Adams became the first person to predict the position of a planetary mass beyond Uranus.
  • Entrepreneur Ted Turner took over his father’s billboard advertising business. He later launched CNN.
  • Noah Webster published a spelling book.
At age 26:
  • Albert Einstein published five major research papers in a German physics jornal, fundamentally changing man’s view of the universe and leading to such inventions as television and the atomic bomb.
  • College dropout Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer.
  • Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, revolutionizing the econom