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Christian Heinrich Heineken
German child prodigy

Christian Heinrich Heineken

Christian Heinrich Heineken
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Intro German child prodigy
From Germany
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1721, Lübeck
Death 27 June 1725 (aged 4 years)
Mother: Catharina Elisabeth Heinecken
Father: Paul Heinecken
The details (from wikipedia)


Christian Heinrich Heineken (February 6, 1721 – June 27, 1725), also known as "the infant scholar of Lübeck", was a mythical German child prodigy. It is said that when he was eight weeks old, he could speak German. He read the Pentateuch at age one, and between the ages of two and three, he read the Old and New Testament in Latin. When he was three years old, he was said to have authored A History of Denmark and recited it when visiting the King of Denmark later the same year. He died at age four of celiac disease.
While his exploits certainly seem hard to believe from a current perspective, they are relatively well documented for the standards of the time, e.g. Immanuel Kant wrote an essay about the child (calling him an "ingenium praecox"). He was breastfed until close to his death, which was very likely caused by the ingestion of grain products.

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