Thursday, August 2, 2007

Phyllis Turner, 94, the oldest person in the world to earns masters degree

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A 94-year-old great-great-grandmother with an "amazing" brain who left school at 12 has become the oldest person in the world to earn a masters degree.

Adelaide University graduate Phyllis Turner achieved her masters in medical science. She left primary school in Sydney aged 12 to help her mother look after her siblings because her father had left the family.

Nearly 60 years later she returned to study, enrolling at Adelaide University at age 70. After achieving honours in anthropology in 2002, at age 90 she moved to the university's medical school to do her masters.

"I feel very very happy after five years of study, but sorry that I am just a little bit immobilised," said Mrs Turner, who uses a walking stick. Link

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