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 Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 72 Jacob Barnett (Photographed by Jessica Darmanin) THE CHAT 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 Trudeau's ISIS policy gets an assist from Obama—and Harper How Ottawa got its groove on. No, seriously. + 2 more posts this week Advertisement Post navigation Previous Trudeau’s ISIS policy gets an assist from Obama—and Harper Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.