Jacob Barnett, boy genius Diagnosed with severe autism as a child, Barnett is now 15 and one of the world’s most promising physicists Paul Wells September 1, 2013 Follow @inklesspw 93 shares Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 93 Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 72 Jacob Barnett (Photographed by Jessica Darmanin) THE CHAT 93 shares Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: autism Jacob Barnett Long Reads the spark Advertisement About this author Paul Wells Macleans.ca editor Maclean’s political editor Paul Wells writes about politics across Canada and abroad. Except sometimes he ignores politics and writes about music or something else. Other articles How will history judge Alexis Tsipras? What is Canada's reputation, really? All articles Advertisement Post navigation Previous Bill Cosby: It took a village Next Have a question for Chris Hadfield? Ask him now.