Very interesting life story of Hassabis, DeepMind founder. See Business Insider link to the article for details. In brief, he was born in Britain to Greek father and Chinese mother, both of whom were teachers. His learned chess at age 4 and went to become one of the leading Master chess players as a teen. He really sounds like a prodigy because he essentially complete advanced math, physics and hard sciences by age 15. Although got he accepted to Univ of Cambridge, he was not yet 16 years, so he took a gap year and learned how to make video games. At age 17, he made his first videogame. He then went onto study cognitive neurosciences and computer science which led to him eventually start DeepMind, which was sold in 2014 for 400 pounds to Google.