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Srinivasa Ramanujan


A Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Ramanujan was of a different league altogether. At a very tender age, Ramanujan had mastered the mathematical genius. A famous story about him is that though he got scholarship to study at a government college but he couldn't join the college as he failed in other subjects. Apart from being a Fellow of the Royal Society, He was also a Fellow of the Trinity College, Cambridge. Famous Prime & Theta functions have been named after him. Ramanujan died at an early age of 32. Impressed by his feat, an international publication by the name of Ramanujan Journal, has been launched to cover work in the area of mathematics. Among his many theories is a small story around the number 1729, which is also called as Ramanujan-Hardy number. This is the smallest natural number that can be represented in 2 different ways as sum of 2 cubes = 1729 = Cube of (1) + Cube of (12) = Cube of (9) + Cube of (10). This was his response when Hardy told him that the cab by which he had come had a very uninteresting number 1729. Unfortunately, even with so much of international acclaim & contribution in the field of mathematics, Government of India hasn't conferred any award upon him so far. In the name of Ramanujan, State of Tamil Nadu celebrates his birthday as the State "IT day" on 22nd December. A legend of the world has been reduced to a state.

Image: Indian Postal Stamp released to commemorate "National Mathematics Day" on 22nd Dec 2012 with Ramanujan's picture.

Shakuntala Devi

Born in a brahmin family in 1939, Shakuntala Devi has her names in the Guinness book of records. Her biggest feat was the multiplication of two 13 digit numbers which she answered in 28 seconds. Her skills were known as early as when she was just 3 years old.

Yugratna Srivastava

Yugratna is an active activist on environment protection & works with NGO “Tarumitra”. At a tender age of 13, she was invited by the UN Secretary General to share her views on Climate change, an issue that has become matter of concern globally. Listen to her speech in Video section. Prior to being invited to UN, she got selected to the Junior board during TUNZA International Conference. She is the first Indian Child to be ever selected to the Junior board. 

Priyanshi Somani

Born in 1998, Priyanshi, went on to win the Mental Calculation World Cup 2010 in Germany. She beat around 40 competitors to win the overall title. She is the only one so far to have achieved 100% results in all disciplines of the world cup. She has been named as the Indian Ambassador for World Maths day 2011.

Divya Tej Sowpati

Divya Tej is currently pursuing his Phd at Center for DNA fingerprinting & diagnostics, Hyderabad. He completed his post graduation in Zoology at the age of 11.

Dr. Balamurli Ambati

Dr. Balamurali holds the Guinness Book of record for being the youngest medicine doctor. He is an Opthalmologist & resides in USA. At the age of 11, he co-authored a book on AIDS. He achieved his degree in medicine at the age of 17.

Dr. Tathagat Avtar Tulsi

He is an Indian physicist, most well known as a child prodigy. He completed high school at the age of 9, earned a B.Sc. at the age of 10 and a M.Sc. at the age of 12. In August 2009, he got his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore at the age of 21.In 2010, he was offered a position as Assistant Professor on contract. He is currently working as Asst. Professor at IIT, Mumbai. There was a time when he was criticised by Department of Science & Technology of Germany for being fake & having mugged up the jargons but he came back strong by earning his doctorate from a reputed institute like IIS, Bangalore. He will always be known for his academic excellence & the thought to work for India while being in India by throwing the offer from the Canadian University. 

Tanay Tandon

A High-schooler, residing in Cupertino, California & all of 16, this young prodigy is into creating mobile apps. He has already filed for patents. He has created Clipped, an app to summarize articles & documents. Know more about him at http://tanaytandon.com/

Eesha Khare

An Indian-American teen from Saratoga, California, Eesha has developed the fastest charger. The so called super capacitor can charge a battery in just 20 seconds. It has the capability to last around 10,000 re-charging cycles. So far it has been tested only on LED lights but has huge potential to charge mobile phones as well.

Bilal Habib

Bilal is one of the 6 awardees of the UNESCO's Young Scientist's award for 2013. Bilal has been awarded this for developing an Ecological Monitoring Program involving local communities in the Nanda Devi Biosphere reserve of Uttarakhand.

Satyam Kumar

Satyam kumar, hailing from Bakhorapur village of Bhojpur district in Bihar, has become the youngest to clear the IIT JEE exams. Satyam was one of the successful candidates in IIT JEE 2013. Prior to Satyam, who cracked the exams at the age of 13 years, the feat was held by Sahal Kaushik, who cleared the exams at the age of 14 years. Satyam had already cleared it once at the age of 12.5 years but hadn't scored good hence re-appeared in 2013.

Neha Ramu

With possibly the highest IQ levels, Neha is compared to the IQ levels to what Albert Einstein & Stephen Hawking posses or even more than theirs. Neha is the youngest in the world to have an IQ of 162, the highest possible score on Mensa test. Neha is 13 years (2013) old when she attains this feat. Neha lives in the UK where she moved at the age of 7 from Bangalore, India with her parents.

Sushma Verma

Sushma Verma is the youngest child in India to have successfully cleared the class 12 board exams at the age of 9 & also the youngest in the country to start her Post Graduation in Microbiology from Lucknow University at the age of 13. Sushma hails from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

poorna & anand

All of between 13 & 14 years of age & these 2 kids have the distinction of mounting Everest, the highest peak in the world. They both belong to Andhra Pradesh & come from a very humble background, studying in government schools, inspired by the local bureaucrats. Poorna becomes also the youngest at the age of 13 years & 11 months to reach this scale. Her inspiration comes from IPS Praveen Kumar.

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