He is the son of ambidextrous portrait artist, Syahidah Osman Cawley and Valentine Cawley, the writer, actor, scientist. He is the world's only known Chemistry prodigy and a general scientific child prodigy.
On September 14th 2008, he set a world age record for the memorization of pi, reciting 518 digits, on camera. He was just 8 years and 9 months old. This is a feat that has never been equalled by any child: only young adults, or older, have recited this many digits.
At just 8 years and 4 months old, he started studying degree level laboratory based Chemistry modules, at a Polytechnic. Most of his courses have been third year ones.
He is in the Singapore Book of Records, for being the world's youngest O level holder. He passed Chemistry O level at 7 years and 1 month old.
Ainan scored the music for the film, Reflection, when he had only recently turned 12 years old.
Ainan was just 13 years old when he conceived, wrote, directed and edited The Sempiternal.
Ainan is the youngest film-maker to ever show a film, in the ten year history of the Malaysian Shorts film festival. That makes him the youngest out of an estimated 500 film-makers (since it is a quarterly event).
On December 12th 2013, Ainan released a music recording of one of his compositions, Renaissance, as a contribution to the charity album Composers for Relief: Supporting the Philippines, to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Ainan had just turned 13 years old, when he composed the piece.
The losers in World War II, are the winners in modern cars. [September 2nd 2010]
In Physics, if your equation isn't simple, there is something wrong with your Universe. (September 22nd 2010)
There is no such thing as bad Art, for if it is bad, it is no longer Art. (May 13th 2011)
Art causes a chemical reaction in the brain, that makes you think it is beautiful. Therefore, Art is a drug. (May 13th, 2011).