Maths whizz Liam is brightest since Nobel Prize winner

Liam Hughes

Liam Hughes

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A high-achieving maths student is drawing lofty comparisons to a renowned former Nobel Prize winner.

Desborough resident Liam Hughes, who attends Robert Smyth Academy, in Market Harborough, is modest about the comparisons being made between himself and William Bragg, who attended the school’s forerunner in the 1800s, winning the Nobel Prize in 1915 for his work developing X-rays.

Liam was first recognised as a talented mathematician while aged seven at Wilbarston Primary School.

He was entered into the Junior Maths Challenge, designed for students up to Year 8, while he was still at primary school and scored 87 out of 135 – outstripping the mark needed for gold by 21 points.

He not only enjoys the subject but is also highly successful in national competitions that test his ability.

Due to his achievements to date, Liam has attended two training camps for the UK Mathematical Olympiad squad at Oxford and at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Teacher Judith Green said: “It’s not going too far to say Liam is probably the most talented student to attend Robert Smyth since Nobel Prize winner William Bragg in the 1800s.

“Liam is a truly exceptional mathematician.”