The Youngest IT Administrator At 9, Marko Calasan

Marko learnt to read and write at the age of 2 and started working on computers immediately

He achieved his first professional credential at age of 6 . Marko Calasan is a 9yr old from Macedonia and has been dubbed the Mozart of Computers when he passed the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator exam. He is managing a network of PCs at a nonprofit that works with people with disabilities.

Marko at work

Marko learnt to read and write at the age of 2 and started working on computers immediately. The news of his extraordinary achievement turned him into a local celebrity and he has even had an audience with the Macedonian Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, who presented him with an IT lab with 15 computers to practise on. Source: TimesOnline

This video was taken when he was 7 years old and is in Macedonian language, but people who don’t understand it can easily read between the lines

Marko is speaking to a crowd at Microsoft’s Slovenian offices, discussing Active Directory

The Microsoft officials gave me computer games and DVDs with cartoons when I passed the exams because I am a child. That was nice, but I’m not really interested in those things. I’d like to be a computer scientist when I grow up and create a new operational system – Marko told The Times.

At school, Marko’s favorite subject is maths, and in his spare time he browses internet forums for IT professionals and participates in debates about complex computer engineering problems.

Marko at work

Marko displayed exceptional learning abilities at a very early age. He was able to replicate a computer operation after only reading about it on the internet. Now we ask him for help when we have some IT related problem at work, Marko’s mother, Radica Calasan, 38, told The Times.

Image and data source: TimesOnline and ZdnetNews