World genius or exceptional man who has a unbelievable brain power. He was Laurence Kim Peek, who can read a book in about an hour and remember almost everything he had read, memorizing vast amounts of information in subjects ranging from history and literature, geography and numbers to sports, music and dates. He was the only man who could read two pages in a same moment.
Laurence Kim Peek was bone on November 11, 1951. He was an American savant, Known as a “megasavant”. He had an exceptional memory, but he also experienced social difficulties, possibly resulting from a developmental disability related to congenital brain abnormalities.
Peek was born in Salt Lake City, Utah with macrocephaly, damage to the cerebellum, and agenesis of the corpus callosum, a condition in which the bundle of nerves that connects the two hemispheres(The vertebrate cerebrum (brain) is formed by two cerebral hemispheres that are separated by a groove, the longitudinal fissure. The brain can thus be described as being divided into left and right cerebral hemispheres) of the brain is missing; in Peek’s case, secondary connectors such as the anterior commissure were also missing. There is speculation that his neurons made unusual connections due to the absence of a corpus callosum, which resulted in an increased memory capacity.
According to Peek’s father, Fran (Francis) Peek, Kim was able to memorize things from the age of 16–20 months. He read books, memorized them, and then placed them upside down on the shelf to show that he had finished reading them, a practice he maintained all his life. He could speed through a book in about an hour and remember almost everything he had read, memorizing vast amounts of information in subjects ranging from history and literature, geography and numbers to sports, music and dates. Peek read by scanning the left page with his left eye, then the right page with his right eye. According to an article in The Times newspaper, he could accurately recall the contents of at least 12,000 books. Peek lived in Murray, Utah and spent a considerable amount of his time reading at the Salt Lake City Library and demonstrating his capabilities at schools, with great help from his father. He did not need any GPS, calculator any thing, because he could quickly absorb a lot of information and recall it anytime any where when it necessary.
He has memorized all route of GPS map. He could provide or guide driving direction of any city. He could also do calendar calculation to find out any day or month from any year like -” Which day was June 15, 1530?”. He could also remember old baseball scores and lot of amount musical, historical, and political fact.
Peek did not walk until he was four years old, and then in a sidelong manner. He could not button up his shirt and had difficulty with other ordinary motor skills, presumably due to his damaged cerebellum, which normally coordinates motor activities. In psychological testing, Peek scored below average (87) on general IQ tests.
At 6, it was suggested that he have a lobotomy to ‘cure’ his incessant chattering, fidgeting and pacing; when he attended school, aged 7, he was expelled for being ‘uncontrollable’ after just 7 minutes in class. Following this, tutors visited his house twice a week for 45 minutes; by the age of 14, Peek had completed the high school curriculum.
Aged 18, he got a job working out the payroll for 160 people: this was a task that took him only a few hours, without the need for a calculator. However, he became unemployed a decade later when his employers decided to computerize payroll accounting, and he was replaced by two full-time accountants and a computer.
Kim Peek’s special abilities started early, around the age of a year and a half. He could read both pages of an open book at once, one page with one eye and the other with the other eye. This style of reading continued until his dead in 2009.
Peek died of a heart attack at his home on December 19, 2009, aged 58. His father, Fran, died on April 5, 2014, aged 88.