A 94-year-old Australian great-great-grandmother has become the oldest person in the world to earn a masters degree, local media reported Thursday.
Phyliss Turner, described by one of her sons as having “an amazing brain,” took her masters in medical science at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.
Turner had been forced to leave school at the age of 12 to help her mother care for the family after her father abandoned them, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Nearly 60 years later she enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology at Adelaide and won a 12-month scholarship to study at the University of California.
“I entered university when I was 70 and I came top in the essay section when I did my entry exam,” said the mother of seven, who has 23 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She graduated in 1986, did her honours in 2002 and then entered the university’s medical school to do her masters.