William James Sidis (1898–1944) was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical abilities. He could read New York Times at 18 months had reportedly taught himself eight languages: Latin, Greek, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Turkish, and Armenian. He set a record by becoming the youngest person to enroll at Harvard University. Later, he enrolled at the Harvard Law School but withdrew. He received a patent for a rotary perpetual calendar that took into account leap years.
Sidis was arrested for participating in a socialist May Day parade in Boston that turned violent. He was sentenced to eighteen months in prison under the Sedition Act of 1918. He briefly served at the League of Nations.
Sidis obsessively collected streetcar transfers, self-published periodicals, and taught small circles of interested friends his version of American history. He wrote on cosmology, and American Indian history. He was a teaching assistant for a short time, and descended into obscurity before his death at 46.
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