By all appearances,
Elliott’s parents noticed his ability when he was already reading and doing math at 3 years old. After several years of homeschooling, he was finished with high school at 8 and then moved on to college. Still, Elliot’s mother Michelle makes sure that he still enjoys his childhood.
“People who hear Elliott’s story say he doesn’t get to be a kid, or he grew up too fast,” she
During his Ph.D., Elliott will be focusing his studies on high-energy theoretical physics. Unfortunately, his family has run into a common stumbling block—how to pay for the program. As he didn’t receive a tuition waiver or financial aid package, the Tanners have turned to
Thus far, they’ve raised enough for his first year at the University of Minnesota and have set a new goal to help with his second year. They hope that along the way, he may receive a teaching or research assistant position to offset the cost.
Elliott, who has formed a friendship with Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage, hopes that his story will encourage others to get excited about physics. “I would love to be able to spread some of this joy for physics and this enthusiasm for it around,” he shares.
Eventually, he hopes to become a professor of physics in order to do just that. For now, he’ll soon be celebrating graduation and getting prepared for what the future holds.
Learn more about Elliott Tanner, who is starting his Ph.D. in physics this fall at the age of 13.