Education: Prodigy

That Nicholas Murray ("Miraculous") Butler is a prodigy there has never been any dispute. He was graduated from high school at 13, had his Ph.D. at 22, became a member of Columbia University's faculty at 23. "I saw in a flash," said Columbia's Dean John William Burgess later, "that he would become president of Columbia and that Columbia would become the greatest institution on earth." Today, at 77, Dr. Butler has 37 honorary degrees, decorations from almost every important nation, a column and a quarter in the U. S. Who's Who, almost a column...

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